I’m starting the party early here on the blog–who is doing NaNoWriMo this year?
Here’s the backstory. I have tried to meet the 50,000 word goal a couple of times, but either lose steam (November is, IMHO, a terrible month to try and pull this off), or I start looping back and editing. By editing, I mean doubting that my idea is any good at all.
Here’s why I expect that I will finish this year:
I have a week left to create my road map toward NaNoWriMo success. By that I mean Scrivener file open, character and setting sketches started, a timeline worked out, and scenes described on separate cards. I have a week (eight days, but who is counting) to add some more scenes. I think if I have a goal of a scene a day, I will get there.
I am working on a project with a real deadline. So getting this first draft done is a critical step in the process. I don’t know about you, but I find I need some time between drafts so that I can see the issues more clearly. So the sooner I can get the rough draft done, the more time I have to see the holes in the story, figure out a way to fix them, and then edit edit edit.
And lastly, I trust myself more this time around. I am more comfortable with ugly prose, because I know that you have to have something to fix, and getting it out of your brain and on to the page (or screen) truly is the hardest part. I also know that momentum is important, and that writing FIND OUT WHAT PARROTS EAT as a note in my manuscript is much better than spending an hour on the Google, going down rabbit holes of research.
So, game on. NaNoWriMo starting November 1. Who’s in?
Oh, and, GO SOX!
UPDATE: Diane MacKinnon (from this blog) and Jessie Crockett (from my other blog, Wicked Cozy Authors) are also both NaNoWriMo ing. My name on NaNo is cozygal–not sure what the buddy thing is about, but I’m game!
J.A. Hennrikus is the Executive Director of StageSource. She is a mystery writer. Her short story, “Tag, You’re Dead” was published in Level Best Book’s anthology THIN ICE, “Her Wish” is in Level Best Books’ DEAD CALM, and “The Pendulum Swings, Until It Doesn’t” is in Level Best Books’ BLOOD MOON. She is a social media fan, and tweets under @JulieHennrikus. She wrestles with allusions of athleticism, is an avid theater goer and a member of Red Sox nation. Her website is jahennrikus.com