I made my word count today. I think I was at 2516 when I stopped for the night. That’s my personal word count. NaNoWriMo is supposed to be a fifty thousand word novel, which would mean 1667 words a day. I’m aiming for a seventy-five thousand word novel, so it’s clearly going to be longer.
That’s enough about NaNoWriMo for today, instead, I’m going to reveal a little bit about the book I’m working on.
It’s book two of a series called The Strange Tales of Jenny Dark. I like to think of it as Buffy meets Sherlock Holmes with a twist of Clive Barker.
The first book is set in Detroit, Michigan and introduces the world. This book takes that mythology and widens it. Jenny and Miranda, my two main characters, have to go to Utah to face a demon.
One thing that involves is me spending a crapload of time in google maps. I’ve never been to Utah, I don’t know how it feels, what the air tastes like, how the people greet you. I’m making all of those details up or extrapolating from stuff I’ve read by other authors or things people I know have told me.
This one is a different process, and it’s not something I’ve done before. I have never written a sequel that’s this soon after a previous book, using the same characters. It’s a fun thing actually, and well worth doing.
As a side note: This article was in draft instead of publish for some reason. I have no idea why. It was ready last night, before midnight.