It’s November!

Halloween night I spent multi-tasking: handing out Halloween candy and visiting with the parents (the only trick-or-treaters we get are people we know, all of four families), watching the movie “Water for Elephants,” based on Sara Gruen’s book (that I loved), a NaNoWriMo novel, and working on my outline for my own NaNoWriMo novel, “Full Circle.”

And now it’s November 2nd and as I look around my great room I see orange pumpkins and other Halloween decorations. A good

Halloween is over, isn't it?

Halloween is over, isn’t it?

sign in some ways. Instead of allowing myself to be distracted by household chores, I’m devoted to the novel I’m writing for NaNoWriMo. And it isn’t about Diana the Huntress after all! (Bad sign: my husband hasn’t put away the decorations either.)

I’ve decided to take the easy way out. I’m writing the fourth and FINAL novel set in Woodbury, NH. (What is a series of four novels called, anyway? A series?) This one is from the POV of Olivia, the daughter of Anne, who is the protagonist of the first novel I ever attempted. The one I started in 1986. Too many years ago to calculate using your fingers and toes so I’ll fess up—that’s one year shy of thirty years.

Using an existing setting and characters for NaNo feels like cheating. OK, to some of you, it is cheating. But it is probably the only way I will win. I’m enjoying myself, knowing that 1) there’s a high likelihood that I’ll win (I’m already ahead of my goal for the first two days of November) and 2) I am going to be done with this series, with these characters, with this setting.

Yup, hard to admit but I am ready to move on to new territory.

I have a feeling that I am going to end up with one novel written from four (or maybe just three) points of view instead of four (or maybe just three) separate novels. As long as I end up with something to show for all of this time spent writing, I’ll be happy. And that means a published novel. Or maybe three. And that’s called a trilogy.…


About Karen Whalen

A contemporary fiction and domestic suspense writer with an accumulation of incomplete novels and short stories, I spend half the year in NH with our youngest daughter and family and the remainder of the year in Arizona with our other two daughters and their families. This arrangement allows my husband to golf year-round. I am fortunate that my daughters live in places I would have retired to all on my own!

Posted on November 2, 2015, in Karen Whalen, NaNoWriMo, Uncategorized, writing and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Ahead of my goal by 800 words…of course, it is only Day 3!! Can’t wait for the revision process when I get to line up 3 1/4 novels and see what I have. Maybe Eleanor can give me some tips….


  2. Eleanor Ingbretson

    If anyone can win it will be you, Karen. You go.
    Returning to a familiar haunt in a series of books is enjoyable to the reader! In fact, if either the reader or the author is to tire first, it will be the author.
    Besides, Woodbury feels like home. Now how is that?

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  3. We know you’ll win, and we can’t wait to read the result. It will be fun to see the ladies of Woodbury through the eyes of someone much younger. Well, I say “fun”… did I mean “painful”?

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