I need to warn all of my faithful followers that I will not be quite so visible for the next month. November is National Novel Writing Month, and I will be participating.
The object is to produce 50,000 words of fictional prose within 30 days. In order to accomplish that goal, I will need time, and that means that some of the time I usually spend maintaining this blog will instead be spent on writing my novel.
However, I will be depending on you, my fans, for some support. This year’s novel, Murder at the Yacht Club, will follow the formula I used with huge success last year with Murder at the Community College. I will create a character who is as obnoxious and otherwise detestable as I can manage, I will give about a dozen different people a good reason to want this person dead, and then I will kill this person off. I will spend the rest of the 50,000 words with my protagonist and her police-detective boyfriend going through the lengthy suspect list.
Here is how you readers can help me in my NaNo effort: Tell about obnoxious people or obnoxious characteristics of people that made you wish they were dead, especially as applied in a yacht-club setting. I’m especially interested in specific anecdotes. Don’t worry about being found out – I will, of course, change names and details to protect the guilty.