or those of you who don’t already know, NaNoWriMo is a competition that takes place in the month of November during National Novel Writing Month. This is where you spend the entire month of November trying to write a 50k word novel, (or maybe half of a novel). The point is to get to 50k by the end of the month. Basically it’s 1,700 words per day (actually the specific number is 1,666.67) but I’m not sure how to write .67 word so… I usually do around 1,700 to be safe and hey if you do more then you can be ahead a few days. Last year around this time I was already writing a version of Bridge of Memories and like so many times before, I hated it. Over the years the first novel in my Secrets of Witches trilogy has seen dozens of rewrites, mostly of the first 5-10 chapters before I would hate it. Scrap it and start over. I was I believe right about at chapter 10 when I remembered NaNoWriMo and decided to scrap the draft one last time. The goal for me, with NaNoWriMo was just to get the book out of me. It was a story that I’d been working on at that point almost nine years now, and I really just wanted to once and for all get it down on paper and hopefully in a way that I liked. Halfway through (after I’d stopped questioning whether or not I’d actually be able to finish) I decided that I would spend all of December editing it myself. Give it to my editor in January and publish by February 12th. And the rest of course is history.
This year, I’ve been debating whether or not I planned to compete again in NaNoWriMo, I would like too just to say that I did, but the fact is I’m already 20k+ into book 3. And I’m not sure I really have the energy to start a brand new novel while in the middle of the final novel in the trilogy. Technically speaking I could just do it to get myself to 75k but I’d really like to have a first draft of the novel (roughly 125k words) finished by December. (I originally wanted to do 200k just to say I did, but I’m actually not sure it will make it that far. Needless to say, for me 125k words is still a huge accomplishment. The exciting thing about book 2 was that it was the first time I’d ever made it to 75k (only to edit it down to about 71, though with my new edits I have no idea what I’ll be at by the end). I guess I will have to see where I’m at by November and go from there.
Anyone else planning to do NaNoWriMo this year?