National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is almost upon us. For those of you unfamiliar with NaNo, the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days during the month of November. Impossible? I guess not.
Personally I haven’t ever done a NaNoWriMo challenge. Maybe someday if I have an idea percolating that’s ready to come out, but I’m one of those people who writes better with a strong idea than out of habit. I want to be one of those writers who can sit and crank out 3,000 words a day without batting an eye, but alas, not yet.
Each November I try to challenge myself to some writing goal, and this year, I am creating my own National Novel Editing Month! I currently have 4 projects that are between second-draft stage and ready-to-query stage. All of these books need different kinds of attention, whether it’s editing, polishing, adding critique comments, or writing a query/synopsis.
My distraction level is at an all-time high on the weekends, so my goal for November is to edit something everyday and not just when it’s convenient. This will be a challenge since I’m pretty burnt out on the weekends, and then some weekends get crazy with extra work, volunteer events, and family obligations. I’m hoping to stick to my guns and get this done so I can be one step closer to one of those writers who can sit and write all morning despite the temptations of Netflix and the internet!
Anyone doing the traditional NaNoWriMo this November? Anyone else creating their own version to fit their writing goals? I’d love to hear about it!
I finally made it through Charley’s Dragons! I’m at a (not so) whopping 32,000 words but I’m feeling okay. The next step is going through it again and beefing up the story now that the plot skeleton is in place. I’m hoping it will be easier than I think it’s going to be!
I noticed as I was going through CD that my genre changed. It was originally New Adult/Adult Fiction, but now it has a YA feel. It covers some heavy topics such as childhood mental illness, but the voice is a child and the dialog with the psychiatrist is accessible for a younger audience. The genre shift has helped the story and also my sanity. The perspective I removed was heavy-handed, dark, but not always engaging. I wanted to write this for an adult, but honestly why force it? The book works much better now and it’s totally fine that it’s YA. My first book and other MSs in process are MG so it makes sense that my writing gravitates for younger readers. Besides, adults love YA fiction! Writing for children is getting better and better and adults love a good story even it is about teenagers.
I’m still hoping to meet my goal and get another 25,000 words done but it’s not the biggest deal if it’s not finished. I wanted NaNo to be the big push, but my writing style works in bursts of inspiration–the downside being that the bursts come at infrequent times at inconsistent lengths. Today was a good day: 1200 words! Tomorrow is my day off so we’ll see if I get anywhere…
How’s everyone else doing with NaNoWriMo? Any great MSs in progress or at least fun brain-dump stories you want to share?
So…….this whole motivation thing has been tough. I started NaNoWriMo today! I know it’s only day 3, but there’s no good reason why I didn’t write at least one word on Nov 1st. Bad habits are very hard to break! Even when I like writing it’s hard to get started. Once I get going, I’m really going. Today I have written almost 1000 words so far! I’m proud of myself today, but I need to keep this up. Getting in the habit of writing something every day is a huge goal and I wanted NaNo to help with that. The hardest days are the weekends. Not because it’s a weekend proper, but because I work 9-5pm on the weekends at an animal shelter. I love my job, but it’s a lot of lifting and washing and medicines. Tendonitis on top of everything is not helping much either.
It’s only day 3 and today has been a good day. It’s unseasonably warm, the trees are golden, and the baby I nanny is asleep. I either have 5 minutes or 2 hours depending on how much he naps! Better get back to it!
Here’s to more good days!
November is National Novel Writing Month, where the challenge is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. This is my first year EVER out of school, and while the idea of producing that many words in a short amount of time scares me, I have decided to try it this year. November used to be finals time at school so my friends who tried NaNo ended up breathing coffee and going crazy with the latest MS and term papers. I’m not insane so I decided to opt out, but now I don’t have much of an excuse anymore!
My goal is not to write a whole new book but to get as close to adding 50,000 words as I can to Charley’s Dragons. I cut 40,000 words a few months ago and beefing it back up has been slow. Most of the book is pure dialog so it intentionally lacks the meat-heavy word count that description allows. I do need to add more description and more conflicts to fill the holes remaining, but I’m excited to have a goal. If you have not noticed by my lack of blog posts, writing has been slow-going and frustrating the past few weeks. November I’m going to try and over-compensate and write more than I need to so that I have an excuse to go back and nit-pick.
The single hardest thing about NaNo is not the word count: it’s all about not editing as you go. There are going to be so many stupid words/sentences/plot stalls/etc and it’s okay. Writing the “perfect” MS is not about how fast it is but how well it’s shaped over time. While NaNo allows the over-zealous writer to have at it and go crazy, for those of us who are more perfectionistic types it can be like pulling teeth not pressing that “delete” button.
The goal is always 40,000 words but my personal goal is to add 35,000 words to get my MS back to the word count it was before. If I end up cutting all of those words because it would work better as a novella so be it, but I want this to work as a novel and I think it can as long as I am not shy about adding place descriptions.
Have any of you done NaNoWriMo before? First time like me? Comment below to share your thoughts and excitement!