That's the beauty of NaNoWriMo: your job is to write.
There's a lot of self-talk that goes into drafting, because it's impossible for me to believe, if I stand back and look at the magnitude what needs to be done, that I'll actually be able to do it.
Holy cats, I really have been NaNoing since 2010. Considering everything, I was thinking of skipping this year. But things bubble, and NaNo has always been a really satisfying experience for me. So here we go again! And since I'm into lists of 5 these days, here are 5 things I learned from NaNoWriMo. Your … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Year 8
This was my third NaNoWriMo, and my third time winning. Which sounds like a brag, and I suppose it is, a bit; but I should clarify. In some ways, NaNo is a cheat for me. My writing style is verbose. Hitting a particular word count is not generally my problem. If I get stuck on … Continue reading 50,000 Words Later
I am a smart person. This is not bragging; it's just genetics. I don't think brains guarantee you much in this life - certainly not success, or love, or prosperity (or talent, for that matter). They're just another tool to apply to the world, and it's just as easy to let them sit and gather … Continue reading Editing, and the Importance of Coffee
= the number of words in my first draft. Which is, amazingly enough, DONE. I owe a debt to Novel Girl on this one. She wrote a friendly little comment on my last post about the value of deadlines, and immediately I began making excuses in my head. "Well of COURSE that's a good idea," … Continue reading 90,887
I have a goal now: by this year's NaNoWriMo, I want to have a revised first draft of my novel. This, I think, will turn out to be ambitious. I have been chipping away at the book, but I still have about 1/3 of it to write, maybe a little more. Most of it is … Continue reading On First Drafts
Post an excerpt of your novel on a public web site for critique. Yes, I did it. Earlier today, I plunked the first 1000 characters of my NaNo novel in one of their forums. Am I still terrified? Am I still worried it's going to get shredded? Of course I am. But my logic is … Continue reading What To Do With A Lousy Day
I was talking to my mother today about possibly handing her some of my novel to read, and she made a comment about another book (this one) that made me stop and think. She said she did not enjoy the dialogue between the characters in some places - that she found too much of it … Continue reading Big Chicken
Last night, I sat down and wrote the 2700 words necessary to put me over 50K. Officially, in NaNoWriMo terms, I am a winner. The trouble, of course, is that the book isn't finished. I estimate it's somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 done. I've got a lot of setup, and a little action, and thanks … Continue reading Connective Tissue