When you register to write a novel in a month, the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) website asks for a synopsis of your book and a picture of the cover. Since they have been doing this for a while and know how to inspire writers, and because I want to be successful in writing 50,000 words in 30 days, I thought seriously about these requests.

I’ve been writing this novel for around two years. I wrote the first two short stories in a fiction class at Pima Community College and have been adding to it, slowly and steadily with fabulous feedback and support from my writing group. I’m excited about the book and enjoy the process of writing and revising.

I already have 35,000 words and NaNoWriMo is a tool to further me on the path. Writing the synopsis and creating a cover made it more real. I am focusing on the distinct goal of adding another 50,000 words and I feel confident that I will be successful in completing this challenge. 

Of course, it’s only 50,000 words of an unedited word dump that will be finished in a month. There will still be lots of adjusting and improving to go. Not to mention getting it published. This is only the beginning stage of a long and fun undertaking.

If you are taking the NaNoWriMo challenge you can find me by my author name, starrstories. The title of the novel is Desert Haven and the genre is literary.

Synopsis: Desert Haven chronicles the past and present women’s land movement in fictionalized short stories that take place over a forty year time span. Each story relates to the theme and moves the novel forward, following a cast of characters through their challenges, choices and transformations.

This is the mock-up of the cover I made using InDesign: