Last year I did the NaNoWriMo challenge and wrote 50,000+ words of a novel. There were nights when it was easy peasy and there were nights where it was like trying the get wet sand out of a soda bottle at the beach, but I did it.
This year the idea is to get the damn thing done. I have to revise, edit, format and just get the thing out there. That is what it is about this year.
I continued writing the book after November. It ;s up to about 70K words now. I’ve never done this before and I learned a lot so far and I suppose I’ll continue to learn more. I think it seems kind of pathetic to start a book and not finish for a whole year, but I guess everyone is different. I see these authors who have literally dozens of books they’ve written and they do several a year. I cannot imagine what that’s like.. that is just not how it happens for me.. It took me about 43 years to even start my first one (this one), because I was 7 when I knew some day I’d write a book. I feel like I needed 50 years of experience to have something to write about.. you know?
Now, if I can write another 30K to 50K next month, I will have a book.. It’s pretty exciting and I could not have done it without Nanowrimo.
I think I am going to need at least 30,000 more words to round this thing out. I have couple of arcs that need work, they are going to need some development.
I went over to the Nano site to validate my word count, and even though it was 10 minutes till midnight, it said my event had ended, so either I entered my zip code or time zone wrong, or they are going by the Eastern Time Zone.
I was also not starting with a new idea, which I think you are supposed to do. I was working on something I had begun in the past. It was obvious too, because the characters are developed and there is a lot of back story… so maybe even if I had validated my word count, they might not have let me count it. I really have no idea, all I know is I have 50K words toward a novel.
That is really cool. I am going to finish this thing.
It’s cool when you are getting something done that you have been working on for a while and it is finally coming together. I wondered about the word count, as I started writing I was not sure how long this book will be. I realize now it will be at least 80K words. I can’t imagine it taking less.
I really thought I was more behind in Nanowrimo 2013, but then I realized I update my word count after midnight, so I am not as far back as I thought. There is going to have to be some catch up writing again this weekend, but the story is getting nice. I have some rewrite to do later on today, and that will actually add words, and I have discovered the magic of the bridge chapter. What a bonus.
My sessions are getting longer, which means I’m getting stronger.
As I approach my second wind, I’m less and less a slogger.
they’re a big hit, kid.
Weird how rhymes happen. Sorry about that. More of the interior novella yesterday and setting up the romance of one of the dual protagonists.
There is no loss for material and I can see my writing sessions naturally progressing from 1200-1500 words into the 1800-2000 range. That includes reviewing the previous day of writing and making corrections and adjustments, which usually leads to an increase.
I’ve always found the shore of Week Three to be the most exciting place to stand, and the trip through it the most exhilarating portion of the month. You’ve gotten to know your characters, the story has a discernible shape and trajectory, and it’s just so thrilling to go play in that world you’ve crafted.
It’s true, believe it.
weird for baseball
Cheater excerpt from a chapter:
Doing the wrong thing the right way is 100% worse than doing the right thing the wrong way. It’s possible to look really beautiful and athletic and artistic while doing the wrong thing and costing a run or costing a game. It’s also possible to look ridiculous while doing the right thing the wrong way. The latter is far more acceptable. It’s better to look stupid doing the right thing wrong, than to look brilliant doing the wrong thing right. ~ Antler Pestle
I had a good, longer session yesterday, slowly getting myself where I need to be, so I can make the finish without having to over-do it later. Today will be two sessions.
I have to settle in to the more creative writing for a while. There has been a lot of theory and numbers, logistics and intellectual jibber jabber. It’s time to see what this town is made of and what the townspeople are talking about. We are in the middle now, the middle third, closing up the first half and setting up the second half.
It is starting to look like a book. How about that.