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On burnout, I was so mentally exhausted after NaNoWriMo, that it took me around nine months to find the motivation and enthusiasm to be able to write anything more imaginative than a shopping list. Despite a real hankering to create, I just couldn’t make my ideas work or see any project through to fruition. So I said to myself and the world in general--through an article in the Writer’s Beat Quarterly: NaNoWriMo was a great experience, but it wasn’t something I would be repeating.
Except… here I am nearly two years later, a completed novel due to be published in December and the second in the series—in fact the novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo 2011—going through a stringent review and edit for publishing next year, and I find myself wondering if NaNoWriMo 2013 is perhaps just the vehicle I need to get a third in the series all lined up.
The series in question is, of course, my beloved Soul Takers; a collection of characters that have been with me for years and growing in numbers with each new plot I create. They are the imaginary friends I spend most of my time with, who I’ve got to know incredibly well and would be lost without.
And like any paranormal romance series worth its salt, each tale is founded on an underlying blueprint, which provides the framework for me to create the story. All I need to do is choose which characters I want to write about and give them the where and why to come together.
Currently there are two couples who are strong contenders; and I’m equally eager to realise both of their stories: I have an unsuspecting, fiery and passionate duo who will blaze a trail and be a blast to write, or I have a gentle, but no less passionate couple, who are deserving of some happiness and who will make me feel guilty if I don’t bring them together soon.
And although sitting down to write in my house is an almost daily occurrence, with my paid job and my unpaid housewife and mother role, writing is often disturbed or cut short due to other things going on around me. For those who don’t know, I currently have no designated writing space and create my workstation on the dinning room table, when it’s not in use for other things, like dining.
Taking part in NaNoWriMo 2013 would guarantee I would always find the time to write. The competitive animal within, once committed, would be unable to walk away from the challenge. So I would sit and write everyday, watching my word count grow on the personal tracker. I want my Soul Taker series to develop; to see it out there along side my idols, like J.R. Ward and Kresley Cole would be a dream come true. And as much of a slog as it would be, you don’t achieve anything in this world without a lot of hard work.