As NaNoWriMo quickly approaches, I want to share a bit more about the novel I plan to write.
The title is “Soul Windows.” It’s a reference to the term “Eyes are the windows to the soul.” This should be a true horror novel, if it all goes to plan. Of course, the beauty of NaNo is that it often doesn’t go according to plan!
The story follows a twenty something man as he and his girlfriend encounter a horrific series of murders in the small town of Brownsville. If you’ve read any of my writing, you may recognize the town. It’s one I set many stories in, kinda like Stephen King. The town is based loosely on where I live. Back in the 1840’s, the county seat of Jackson County, IL (where I live) was in Brownsville. It was about 3 1/2 miles west of Murphysboro. It burned to the ground and the town was relocated to Murphysboro which is now the current county seat. I like that the ghost town doesn’t exist, yet can be a pseudonym for Murphysboro. It’s the perfect place to create all kinds of creepy and scary stuff.
The couple, and the town, must deal with a series of murders that occur on the full moon of every month. The victims are discovered with one eye removed and the eye is never found. The story takes place from August through November of the year of the story. I’m not sure if I want to actually use a year, like 2017, or leave that up to the reader to decide. I’m leaning toward not using an actual year.
Other than that, my loose outline is just that: loose. I’m going with more discovery writing versus planning the entire story out. I’ve already created character sketches for three main characters. I have the town and setting ready to go. I’ve mulled over motives and reasons why the crazed murderer does what they do.
I intend to shoot for 60,000 – 70,000 words. I’ve done it before. Several years back I wrote a horror/thriller novel that clocked in at 75,000 words, so I know it’s possible for me. That means if I break it down by the numbers, I need to average at least 2,000 words per day. Doable, but I’ll need to focus and make sure to dedicate my writing time solely to this while at the same time revising my latest novel set to release in January!
I’ve created a private Facebook group for fellow writers doing NaNo this year. It’s a small group and fairly quiet now, however I hope it’s a place to encourage one another and share experiences as we go through November. If you’d like to join, click here and I’ll add you to the group.
Good luck to all you other Wrimos! If you’re doing it this year, feel free to add a comment below. What kind of story are you writing? Are you a pantser or plotter? Just remember, you got this!