NaNoWriMo 2014: Plans for Finishing a Novel


Yep, it’s that time of year again. You know, NaNoWriMo. 50,000 words in 30 days. This will be my sixth NaNo, and I have to say it’s as daunting as ever. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super excited about it. But this year I’m doing things a little differently than normal. Instead of starting with the shiny, new YA idea that’s floating around in my head (it’s The Parent Trap meets Fringe), I’m going to work on a novel already in progress.

I started THE PROBABILITY OF FATE, an adult magical realism romance, earlier this year. I love this story and have about 30,000 words already done and revised. So I probably have another 50,000ish left to go, which works out perfectly with NaNo. This story is actually a combination of my second NaNo novel, which didn’t work as I had initially written it, and a new idea spawned from an apothecary table of my mom’s that I’ve been coveting for years. The original MS was too complicated and full of parts that didn’t fit together. (I actually cannibalized other parts I loved from that MS for last year’s NaNo novel!)

Here’s a quick run-down of the new story:

In Malarkey, North Carolina, a hole-in-the-wall town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, residents rely on the magical chocolates at The Chocolate Cottage to help them find love. Twenty-five year old Penelope Dalton has always believed in the power of the chocolates she makes alongside her mother. But the first time she drank the Corazón hot chocolate to reveal her true love—and dreamed of Noah Gregory, the rough-around-the-edges ex of her best friend—she realized some fates were not meant to be.

Now eight years later, Noah’s back in town for a few months and sexier than ever. The part of her that dreamed of him in the first place wonders if she made the right decision to ignore her fate—and him. The other, more practical part, is determined the keep him firmly on the bad-decision-boyfriend list. But as things heat up between them, she can’t help but wonder if the chocolates were right all along.

I blogged my progress with this book over the summer through Ready. Set. Write! but I haven’t worked on this MS in almost three months while I’ve been focusing on my Pitch Wars MS. I didn’t realize how much I’ve missed these characters until I started prepping for NaNo and I am thrilled to get back to them, to finish their story. Fingers crossed I have enough words to carry me through another year of intense NaNo writing!


4 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2014: Plans for Finishing a Novel

  1. Zoe Harris says:

    Happy to know we’ll be in the NaNo trenches together this year. And I owe you a read if you need feedback when it’s all over. I love the idea of love-finding chocolate!

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