Countdown to NaNoWriMo: T-7 hours!

I’m hard at work trying to do some research for my NaNoWriMo since I’m a hardcore Pantser this year, and I discovered a fun fact: Greenland isn’t a country, it’s a territory of Denmark. WHY DID NOBODY TELL ME THIS?

We always call it a country, on maps it’s not labeled as a territory, and even google contradicts itself in the fine print!


As you may have guessed, I am writing my story set in Greenland! I was torn between Svalbard, Franz Josef Land, Nunavut, and Greenland. My friend suggested Svalbard or Greenland, and I remember a TV show about mysterious murders set in Svalbard, so Greenland it is!

My 2016 NaNo project is about a scientific research facility in Greenland where a series of mysterious murders take place.

That’s what I’ve got so far.

I don’t have any characters yet, but I have a name: Noah Garfield. No idea who he will be yet, but he’s going to be one of the people in the story. Who should he be? The hero? The killer? First to die? The guy back on the mainland running the radio? WHO KNOWS!

I think I’m going to do something very unusual in the spirit of Pantsing and I’m going to embrace my laziness and not decide who the killer is yet! Usually when writing a mystery, you need to know the motivation before you start, even if you don’t know anything else. However, I think I’m going to wait until after at least the first murder before I decide who the killer is. This is a huge risk, and maybe it will fail, but who knows, maybe it will be a massive success. What better way to write believable suspense than to have it so that the writer herself doesn’t know who the killer is?!

At Midnight (EST), I begin writing, and whatever planning I’m doing before the word ‘Go’ is all I get before I start writing. I’m not waiting a minute past midnight to get myself started, because last year I didn’t start for 3 days and it made it hard to catch up and stay ahead of the ‘words per day’ goal, that’s for sure.

In the spirit of NaNoWriMo, feel free to give me suggestions and ideas, and who knows, maybe your idea will make it into my story!

Author: J. Chelsea Williford

Movie addict, reader, writer, pop culture lover.

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