Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Pardon my Silence While I'm Busy Writing a Novel
Every November since November of 2009, I have participated in National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo). Every year, I've completed the necessary 50,000 words to receive my prize - something my boys scoff at - the coveted certificate. It really isn't just a certificate I've won. I've won more confidence in my writing.
And, I suppose I am either a lot more confident this year or just determined to make things more interesting and difficult, because when it came time to start the novel, I couldn't decide between two warring ideas swirling in my head. So, I decided it wouldn't hurt to start them both and let time determine which one I felt like working more diligently on. I figure I can combine the word count, since they are both going to be tangible novels in the end (I would hope). Thus, I started Day One with 2281 words on one manuscript and 1264 words on the other. So far, one novel is outpacing the other one. I now have 10,503 words on the more preferred story line and 2952 on the other one. I still haven't decided if I will ditch the second one or up the ante and try to accomplish 50,000 words on both of them, arriving at a total word count of 100,000. That sounds intimidating, but I'm eager to give it a shot. What do I have to lose? Any words I write are more than I would have had if I had neglected to attempt Nanowrimo again.
Regardless of what happens, I am happy to say that I am 1/5 of the way through the challenge. I will probably not be on to blog as frequently, since I set my goal rather high. Thank you for your patience and be sure to check in from time to time just in case I snag a moment or manage to read a book (after all, I still have my November book club book to read). If you are doing Nanowrimo, leave a comment. I'd love to feel a sense of solidarity with another writer.