His White Lie will be my grand adventure into fast writing for this November. The story line is an old one for me: a hero takes on a challenge that few dare to face. The hero is a young widow who takes her nephew out of a dangerous situation. The point of view will shift between the aunt (Lily) and the boy (Dante).Yes, the classic struggle of wills ensues, the complications of secrets and outright lies twist the plot, but the theme of finding family returns. I plan to explore issues concerning drug addiction, treatment programs, support for families, peer pressure, bullying and trust The setting is today--right now on the Eastern Shore. I hope the novel echoes the struggles that I see occurring from my place at the classroom podium--witness, teacher, and agent of change.
Nanowrimo keeps me humble. Everyone dreams of writing something lasting. Everyone hopes they can make some sense out of the craziness life deals out. Some might paint a picture or write a song. I turn to the novel to puzzle out the messes of life.
Some of these messes thrust themselves on us. In my professional life, we have experienced terrible losses this year. Life is precious. Writing is about making sense and capturing fleeting time.
Write every day for one hour.
Stick to the outline. (Scrivener? Too complicated--I'm using a simple outline)
Keep it simple--Do not allow more than three main characters.
Write realistic dialogue that furthers the plot and uses standard dialogue tags.
Avoid adverbs and adjectives.
Communicate regularly (once a week) with the Maryland and Delaware Nanowrimo groups.
J D Cooper
Author of the Lilac Hill series, The Portia Journal, other novels and countless short stories