During the month of November, I am participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), where I am hard at work on my next book. The NaNoWriMo goal is to produce 50,000 words in 30 days -- which amounts to 1667 words every day. My total on day 2: 3585 words. On the calendar, green days are the ones on which I have met the goal; red days reveal embarrassing failures.
The rules do not demand that anyone produce deathless prose. The goals are speed, creativity, allowing characters to develop, and ideas to flow. Last year was my first year of participation. In November 2009, I produced 62,000 words in 28 days. I even got the certificate! But what was important was that many of those words ended up in my latest book, "Beyond All Price." Many of them didn't, of course, but I was off to a great start, and the motivation carried me right through to publication.
So, I won't promise you that "Gideon's Ladies" will write itself in the next month. Truth is, I'll still be reading and researching much of the time. I find it easiest to write dialogue, so I'll be concentrating in creating scenes from various spots in the story. They can always be rearranged and polished later. I probably won't update my progress every day, either, but I'll let you know how I'm doing at least once a week. Cheerleaders welcome!