It’s that time of year again! Yes, Halloween has just passed, and yes Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner. The weather is growing cooler and we’ve had our first winter weather event here in Amarillo, Texas. It’s that magical time of year we lovingly refer to as NaNoWriMo.
National Novel Writing Month began at midnight. The object is to write fifty thousand words in thirty days. That’s about 1666 words a day, everyday, for a month. Easey peasey.
This year will be my tenth year to participate. I’ve been doing this since 2011. Back then, it was my way of dealing with the grief of a couple of relationships that went sour. I’ve continue it every years since I enjoy the challenge.
This years story is about a transgender woman who is disowned by her family the moment she comes out to them. The first part will be about her journey towards transitioning, and the second will be about ten years later when her family reaches out to her in the hope of reconciling.
I’ve tried to write about transgender characters before. I’ve always had trouble with it. The issue is that I have trouble adequately writing about the troubles we face, in terms of acceptance from the outside world. I don’t like my transgender characters to suffer. It makes for a boring story.
At the moment I have started writing the third chapter. I’ve written 7617 words so far on the first day of writing. She’s just now growing to accept who she is, and slowing learning to go out in public. She’ll soon find the first hurdles on her journey.
I’m honestly excited to see where the story takes her. I only have a vague idea of the story as I don’t do any sort of planning. It’s more fun for me this way as I’m not constrained with trying to hit any preplanned plot points. It flows more organically for me this way.
To any of you who are participating, good luck. For those of you who want to participate, it’s not too late to join. Go to Nanowrimo for more information. You can add me as a writing buddy there as well, username Stefaniwrites.