It’s that time of year again!
The time of year when all your writing friends suddenly bunker down in local libraries and coffee shops to drown themselves in coffee and spew out words until they achieve the National Novel Writing Month challenge – to write 50,000 words in thirty days.
Last year I wrote during nano and challenged myself to not only toss away the word count goals but also to not even check my word count during the month of November. The exercise was hugely beneficial, and helped me have a healthier relationship with my word count.
This year I’m ready to tackle the true NaNoWriMo challenge and finish a manuscript I began drafting earlier this year. To be precise, it is actually book five of the Spirit Seeker series (book 4 is completed and awaiting revision – will be published 2018). I have many chapters already drafted for book five, so I imagine the manuscript will be done long before I have added 50,000 words. However, The exercise of meeting a word count quota each day is a lesson in discipline for a writer. I’m hardly one to wait for “inspiration” when I write, so I pride myself on building good habits and writing through the tough spots. Perhaps if I finish the manuscript early, I can start on Spirit Seeker Book Six?
Day 1 I have met my word count goal and surpassed it. 1782 words added to my novel so far. Not an ambitious first day, but a solid start for someone who has spent the past few months in editing, not drafting.
As I switch gears and orient myself toward the creation stage of my writing process, I will be reporting my ups and downs on the blog, and offering tips and tricks for surviving NaNoWriMo.
Best of luck and godspeed to my fellow nano writers! Type like the wind.