NaNoWriMo 2016: creating my novel

No man's stars coverI’m doing NaNoWriMo this year! I’ve officially created my novel; I’m far enough through No Man’s Sky (aka. I should have finished it by the end of October) that I’m happy to be working on No Man’s Stars for November, so I’ve officially added it to the site. My tally is currently at 0 words which is always the scary bit! Although I have technically written 100 words of the beginning plus some extra bits plus about 7000 words of planning, so…well, I’m not starting from nothing. That said, I’ve still got to get that up to 70,000 words!

You can find my bio and information on the NaNoWriMo site – feel free to buddy me 🙂 The image is an HD wallpaper from FutureWorld.

The rough blurb: The invasion of Earth has happened, and the invaders repulsed; the conquest was long enough for  one of their servants to be kidnapped, and as the Earth recovers the question is what to do with her. In the company of cyborg Jack McDougall, Ella is sent out to the colony of Mercia, where her skills as an explorer can be put to use in the new development of world-hopping gateways. But the partnership is not smooth, and their explorations discover more than anyone had hoped – or feared.

I’m not too happy with it as it doesn’t give enough depth for the story, but at the same time, I’m not entirely sure what the story is going to be! I’ve got an outline but it’s definitely going to grow within that, so I suspect the blurb will change along with it. It’s going to be fun to see what sort of story it turns out to be from the outlines I have.

And the beginning, just as a teaser…


The first time I saw her, I was as stunned as everyone else.

I remember the whisper. The ripple that went through the crowd around me, even though everyone was obviously in formation and standing silent.

A human. Shaven-headed, skinny, dressed in what looked like patches of scales. A woman, fairly obviously, as the scales didn’t really cover a lot; it looked as if they were more for decoration than anything else.

But she stepped through behind them, the scaly-bodied and claw-fingered invaders. Eyes flicking, body moving smoothly, obviously part of their delegation.

A human.

With them.

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.