The first week of 2011 NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is underway and I must say, I’m feeling pretty good about this year’s project. Here’s a brief, working description of the novel I’m working on:
Vuto loses her third child mere days after birth – and she’s only 17 years old. The young Malawian woman forces her husband to go to the funeral, despite tradition that prevents men from considering a child their own until they’ve lived for two weeks in the least. Her decision causes rifts in the village and Vuto’s newfound feminism is lashed back against. She is forced out of her village and must come to terms with herself, her home and her loss. Taking solace in the home of a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, a surprise attack by Vuto’s husband leads her and the volunteer on an adventure neither had planned for.
Thus far, I have 7,027 words written and it’s the beginning of Day 4, putting me ahead of schedule!
Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? Comment below with your works of brilliance!