|Warning: Do Not Put|
Beverages Directly on Keyboard
But the idea, I've now come to realize, is to promote inspiration and motivation. And accountability, if a participant chooses to register their work at the official website. The philosophy is "quantity over quality", and this is a great way for people to get started. Writers write.
I'm not sure that approach would work for me at this point, as I now tend to be a perfectionist as I write. A full-length novel at my publishing house is 65,000-100,000 words. Usually, when I've finished the last sentence in a manuscript, I'm already somewhere in that range. From there, the editing process only involves small details or little pockets of research. It's just the way I write these days. I make Goal/Motivation/Conflict charts in advance, as well as pages of character back-stories, lists of reveals, hints leading up to reveals, facts from research, etc., etc.
But that certainly isn't how I started. I had an outline for SILVER LAKE in my head when I began, with some fairly significant character development as well, thanks to years of thinking about the story. But no charts or schedules. I began writing in a notebook, on an 8-hour car ride. It took me 2 1/2 years to finish the first draft, and there were months when I didn't write a word. Of course, I was absolutely thrilled when I reached the end, but even when I polished it up, it clocked in somewhere in the neighborhood of 135,000 words.
|Seeing the cover art|
for the first time was
an incredible feeling!
My understanding of NaNoWriMo is that the novel begun on November 1st must not be a work-in-progress. So that counts me out, since I have something I'm working on (see HAUNTED SOULS Pinterest Board). That has to come first, even thought I'd love to be part of the NaNoWriMo camaraderie I see playing out online everyday.
|October is a busy month|
for authors of paranormal -
but I enjoyed all the events!
So on November 1st, I committed to writing something every day. No word goals. Just work on the manuscript, at least once a day. And you know what happened? The words just began tumbling out. My characters took control. I found myself once again submerged in the twisting plot lines of a reunion romance and a spooky ghost story.
Six days later, I'm at 31,500 words. A gain of close to 10,000! I know it doesn't count, in terms of the NaNoWriMo rules. But for me, it's been an exhilarating achievement. I'm going to keep going. So the moral of the story is...just write.