Last summer, I came across some interesting journals and letters. As I read, I realized there was a story there to be told. Not the true story, because no one knows the true story. But what I read had the makings of a great story, even if it would have to be fiction. That day, the idea was planted in my head.
November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Each year, over 300,000 people worldwide attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. I’m a personal historian with no experience writing fiction, but in mid-October I decided I would give NaNoWriMo a try. Then I left town for a week to attend a conference. So much for advance planning!
On the first day of November, I sat down to start my novel. By November 28, I had 50,000 words and a very rough draft. This blog is about my efforts to get from that initial idea to a finished novel.
Wish me luck!
As a personal history writer, I help people turn their memories into a keepsake personal memoir or business history book.
I makes my home just outside Chicago and, when I’m lucky enough, in Rancho Mirage with my favorite husband, Jonathan Kalkwarf, and my faithful dog.