So I’ve decided to try and enter the Kelpies prize competition this year, although the deadline is February 28th and I have a 40,000 – 70,000 word novel to write. However, as a twice-successful NaNoWriMo participant, I feel it’s not impossible! But perhaps just a tiny bit improbable? I guess only time will tell!
The competition is for a children’s novel, aimed at ages 8 – 12, set in Scotland. I’ve never really written children’s stories before, but I’ve come to realise that some of my favourite novels are in fact aimed at that demographic. There’s something about that point in a child’s life, when the world starts to open up in a more adult understanding, that leads to compelling prose.
So I’m taking a page, as it were, from His Dark Materials, and will set my story in a Scotland-that-isn’t. There will be adventure, animal companions, supernatural danger, and young people being pushed to discover their true potential.
Basically everything I loved as a child, and still love now!
I’m being a bit presumptuous to think I can not just write this but also edit it to perfection by February 28th. However, if I’m not satisfied with it then I can always hold it back until next year’s competition! And a girl’s gotta have goals!
Now I just have to start writing! (She says, as if that were easy…)