I've just created my novel at the official National Novel Writing Month site.This will be my 6th year to participate and, hopefully, my fifth year to 'win' by writing 50,000 words in 30 days. That translates to about 1,667 words/day.
The idea for the new novel came from Ghost Towns of Texas (T. Lindsay Baker, University of Oklahoma Press, 1986), a fascinating travelogue detailing the history of the now-defunct towns in Texas. You can read about Belle Plain College in The Handbook of Texas Online.
Though it's doors closed in 1892, they'll creak open again in In the Books: A Tale of Love, Learning, and Lies.
In 1881, motherless Ruth Quillan is thrilled to receive a scholarship to study music at the new Belle Plain College two hundred miles from her father's farm. What she doesn't know is who funded the scholarship and the strings attached. By Christmas she is in love with college life and also with Alec Marshall who is taking a commercial course so he'll be prepared to enter his uncle's business and provide for his widowed mother. Then someone goes to the president of the college with a stunning revelation about Alec, who finds himself dismissed and on his way home where another revelation is waiting. Alec's chum Royal Donnelly vows to look after Ruth and prove Alec's dismissal unjust. As the young people uncover the dark and dangerous threads already woven into their lives, they realize what they must learn to save themselves is not to be found in their schoolbooks.
Anyone else out there doing NaNoWriMo this year? Leave a comment about your novel and/or a link to more information about it!