November is National Novel Writing Month…

… and I am planning to participate!

According to its 2011 press release, “November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, the world’s largest writing challenge and nonprofit literary crusade. Participants pledge to write 50,000 words in a month, starting from scratch and reaching ‘The End’ by November 30. There are no judges, no prizes, and entries are deleted from the server before anyone even reads them… Although the event emphasizes creativity and adventure over creating a literary masterpiece, more than 90 novels begun during NaNoWriMo have since been published, including ]Water for Elephants’ by Sara Gruen, and ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern, both #1 New York Times Best Sellers.”

I have always loved writing, and in my later years of middle school, was known for creating several short stories.  I’ve always wanted to write a novel, and I think this project and challenge is the best motivation for me to get started.

One concept I had for a potential novel came to me Friday evening while watching “Twelve Angry Men,” a show put on by our local Depot Theater Company (which, by the way, was FANTASTIC), a dinner theater show at the historic train-depot-turned-theater in my hometown and current place of residence of Dodge City, Kansas.

My idea?  What would happen if a man was put on trial, accused of murder, and the real murderer was selected as a member of the jury?  What lengths would that jury member go to to make sure that the accused was put away?  Would the existing justice system fail, or would the truth come out?

I look forward to working on this idea and seeing how it goes or if I’m able to do it.  I know I will be busy with school and work, but I know that it’s something I’ve been wanting to do, and I think I can do it!

I look forward to keeping everyone updated!

Luke