Julie's Quest

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Julie Phillips - freelance writer - member of the Association of Freelance Writers - member of the Society of Authors

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Getting Away With Murder ......

No, I haven't killed an one  -  although I might be in the mood to kill something by the middle of November and I'm still NaNo-ing! What I'm referring to is my decision to steer away from writing NaNo novels in the older children/teenager age range, towards a more adult audience and the crime genre.

I know they say you should write what you know, but I assure you that I haven't committed a crime or murdered anyone, but  I do read a lot of crime/thriller novels and crime related programmes like Waking The Dead, CSI, The Body Farm, DCI Banks, etc. So I thought I'd use NaNo as an opportunity to give writing a crime/thriller novel a go myself.

I'm excited as I had the idea for the crime novel before I started NaNo and had written down a fair whack of the plot and characters before hand. (I also came up with an idea for another crime/thriller novel at the same time!) This could be a new lease of writing for me.

I do fear, however, that I'm fast becoming a writer who doesn't finish their novel projects! But I am determined to get my other two NaNo novels polished. I am currently on draft two of both. My aim is, once I've got this year's NaNo over and done with, to go back to the first NaNo novel I did and get it finished. This way, I'll still have another novel to polish while the first is doing the rounds of agents and publishers - I won't be sitting down twiddling my thumbs (not that I get time to do that anyway!)

So what do you intend to do with your NaNo efforts? Are you writing it for fun? It has to be fun to write a NaNo novel - any novel, really, if you are to go the distance with it, or are you going to try and get it edited and published?

Happy NaNovember ;0)

Julie xx


Alison Runham said...

Hi Julie! Long time no comment :)
Yes I am doing Nano and like you trying something new - a 50,000 word pocket novel, although romance isn't a genre I've tried before. I'm hoping to send it to My Weekly.
Good luck with your crime thriller - just thinking about the plotting and research for that genre makes my head hurt, so it could be some time before I follow suit!
BTW I have left you an award on my blog here: http://wp.me/p1yAN3-83

Nari said...

Writing crime sounds like a great idea for you, especially if you;ve worked it mostly out already. How is NaNo going for you? I'm already punishing inanimate objests for my failure to meet the daily word minimum, and I am severley behind. I have made the foolish chouice of trying to take on a fantasy novel in a month... but anyway the more time spent whining the less time spent writing.
Good luck, with the previous novels you are working on too :)
Nari X

Nicole said...

I am on the other side of the world, where daylight savings has started and instead of winter wobbles, it is sunshine. The heat makes me feel drowsy and I feel like a snooze instead of sitting at the computer typing. Like you, I'm trying to dredge up the strength to commit murder on paper - but I hate to kill off a good character, so I have a lot to learn. Nano has started, I joined, but haven't typed a jot. Hope for rain so i am forced inside to type.

Julie P said...

Hi Alison, I hope your pocket novel goes well. NaNo is the perfect opportunity to attempt one of those.

Julie xx

Julie P said...

Hi, Nari
I was a bit behind with naNo earlier but I think I'm catching up now. I had to give a big push iver the past two days and I think it's paying off! It's keeping the word count up that's hard. Once you get behind it's more difficult to catch up.

I just fancied committing murder for a change - on paper of course! The more I get into it, the more plot I get.

Good luck!

Julie xx

Julie P said...

I'm doing a rain dance for you, Nicole!

Julie xx