January is winding down and we’ve almost reached our goal of finishing rewrites on our NaNoWriMo novel, Cold Prairie. And when I say rewrites, I mean rewrites. This novel may have its beginnings during National Novel Writing Month but it has been completely changed and fleshed out. It no longer resembles the original manuscript at all. Trust me, this is a good thing.
A little back story, in 1999, Anne was stationed in Korea and was looking for a new hobby. One copy of “Romance Writing for Dummies” in hand, she started writing her own romance novel. But she just couldn’t get into it and the nascent effort lay dusty and ignored for the next 14 years. So, when her writing partners challenged her to complete the 50,000 words required for NaNoWriMo, she decided to use her plot plan for that old romance novel and she started writing. The result, the first half of the newly completed book was a romance and the last part of the book was horror. It was a franken-book.
She turned the book over to Nancy and Eric and those two took it and ran. Since we all love writing horror, they re-planned the first half of the book to match up with the second half and have been writing and rewriting the material. It is so much better for the changes.
In the middle of plotting out the new changes, they realized that they could tie in this book, Cold Prairie, as a prequel to The Safe Harbor. Plot twist!
Then, Eric, in a late night burst of creativity, came up with a plot twist of epic proportions that will also allow us to tie in Creek House! It’s those moments that make writing as a team so much fun.
We are working at a feverish pace to get the new book reader ready by the end of February and we hope when it’s done you’ll take the time to give it a read.
Thanks for all your encouragement and support. We’ll keep you posted!
Anne, Nancy and Eric