I did a crazy thing. On November 12, I signed up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Yes, I know that 11 days had already passed, and the likelihood of my actually writing 50,000 words in the remaining 19 days was low. Frankly, knowing that my kids would be out of school for a week and my family would be traveling over the holidays made that notion downright ludicrous.
I had even declared that I would be in the NoNoWriMo camp–those writers who would not participate but would cheer on their fellow writers who had taken the 50k pledge plunge.
But after wrangling with edits on my young adult novel, SHARING HUNTER, I realized that I do better with editing a project when I also get to let out some creative writing juices on another project. And thus, my first book in a young adult mystery series has started to take shape. And while I didn’t announce my participation, nor expect to come anywhere close to being a NaNoWriMo winner, I did log a bunch of words and get a feel for how the website and process works.
So now I’m coming clean: I was a secret NaNoWriMo participant–who missed getting the badge by 34,524 words. But guess what? That means I have 15,476 words on a novel that I started three weeks ago! And I’m better prepared to participate in that challenge next year.
I have thus altered my ROW80 goals a bit. Check out the new weekly word count goal!
Editing: SHARING HUNTER, young adult contemporary novel.
- Complete full rewrite. I’m through the first fourth of the novel. This is going slower than I wanted. However, as I’ve gotten into the revisions, I’ve found ways to make the story stronger that required more work than I expected. Given how long this is taking, I am crossing out the next two goals until the first ROW80 round in 2013. I’d rather take my time on revisions and really turn out a great book.
Revise using Margie Lawson’s Deep EDITS system.
Deliver to beta readers.
- Post Sunday ROW80 updates, Amaze-ing Words Wednesdays, and Deep-Fried Fridays. Posted Maylee’s Questions and #ROW80 on Sunday, Gifts for the Grammar Geek on Wednesday, and High School Halls: Dating, Young Love, and Breaking-Up with the fabulous Lydia Sharp on Friday.
- Write two short stories. Changing this to working on the new young adult novel. I will, however, work on the short stories during the holidays.
- Write 3,000 words per week on young adult novel. Not sure of the working title, but it’s murder mystery with a preacher’s daughter as the protagonist. Wrote 2,592 words.
- Nothing special here. Just read. A lot. Reading The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper, a mystery by Sally Carpenter.
- Exercise twice a week. I am still struggling with this calf muscle! Ugh. According to a former athletic trainer and current YA author (Tiffany White, Football Sweetheart), it can take 4-6 weeks to fully recover. Thanks for that info, Tiffany! So I guess I’ll just try to start walking for now.
- Sort through photos and complete at least one album. (I stopped scrapbooking five years ago, and it’s piled up into a big mess. Moving into digital albums.) Uploaded photos from Thanksgiving trip and organized them into an album on Shutterfly.
Did you participate in NaNoWriMo? If so, how much did you get done? How are your other goals going?
Keep up that momentum, and cheer on fellow ROWers (many of whom were NaNoWriMo finishers!) HERE.
NaNoWriMo is an annual writing challenge for authors to start and complete a novel within the month of November, with 50,000 words counting as achieving that goal. Hosting this event requires funds. NaNoWriMo is still seeking donations to cover their expenses. Check it out HERE.