Well folks, it’s November and you know what that means: NaNoWriMo is upon us! Who’s doing it this year? Who’s done it in the past?
I’ve never done it and I actually can’t do it this year. In order to officially participate, you cannot start writing until November 1st. Since I have 21,000 words already, that’s not going to work. I am, however, going to harness all the energy and excitement going around and use it to my own advantage.
I’m going to unofficially join in and write 50,000 words this month. Woohoo! Actually, my goal is 60,000 words. Apparently an average length for a first-time novel in my genre is about 80,000 words. So if I can get 60,000 done this month in addition to the 21,000 I already have, I should be pretty close to a first draft. Which. Is. Awesome!
I’ve always thought of myself as the kind of writer who would write a lot and then edit out a lot. But it turns out, that might not be true. The plot of this book is so persistent that I feel the need to just get it down on paper as quickly as I can. I’m writing very leanly right now, and I plan to go back and fill in where the story needs it later. I think the whole vibe of NaNoWriMo fits pretty well with that approach. Just write, write, write and later you can edit, edit, edit.
So I’m jumping in. I love this feeling and I’m super excited about the next 30 days. Who’s with me??