I am halfway through the month, which means halfway through the NaNoWriMo contest, and I thought I’d give a quick update.
In case you’re not aware, November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short) and this is the first year I’m participating (mainly because I only just heard about it a month or so ago).
Though I have written two books and had my work published in bestselling books, I have never written fiction. Until now.
The idea of NaNoWriMo is to set your inner editor aside and write 50,000 words (a smallish novel of about 200 pages in standard paperback size and format) in a 30 day period. During the month of November, to be exact.
Being the overachiever that I am (and knowing how fast I can write when I am clear and allow the messages to flow through me, as I often do on this blog), I set my goal at 100,000 words in 30 days.
It may sound like a lot, but that’s really only about 3300 words a day (3333.3 to be more precise). My average blog post is around 500 words, so it’s kind of like writing 7 blog posts a day.
OK, you’re right. It’s a lot. Some might say, a shitload. But we’re halfway in, and I’m still feeling encouraged and excited about it.
As it turns out, shortly before I started writing, I realized it would be a multi-book series. Which I personally find fascinating, seeing as I have never written fiction, don’t know jack about plots or storylines or character development, and until about 6 days before the start of the contest, I had no idea what my story would be about, or even what the main character’s name was. I think I may have even gotten a C in creative writing/composition in college (a required course). But I have watched thousands of movies in my lifetime, and read half as many books. Hmmm…not too encouraging, hey?
Now, I fully understand that (despite the fact that I think it’s awesome) what I’m writing could turn out to be complete garbage. If you’re lucky (or unlucky, depending on how you look at it), I might even ask you to review all or part of it once it’s finished. 🙂
But for now, I’m not focused on that. I’m not thinking about how to market it (well, not much, anyway. Once you become addicted to marketing, it’s hard to turn it off completely) or how it will be received. I’m just getting it all out and down on the page.
I can’t take full credit. I have a muse. But more about that later. Right now, she’s prompting me to get back to writing.