Well, summer slipped away, and most of September too. I gave Camp NaNoWriMo a go, back in August, and made good progress on a novel start, though it was nowhere near 50,000 words. The hammocks and smores were just too tempting! Looking ahead to November’s NaNoWriMo, maybe I’ll use that to continue for another 50,000 words. What I’m really hoping for is release of a non-beta version of Scrivener for Windows before then! (They say soon . . . )
In other news, my story “Fallen” was published at Nanoism this summer.
And just this week, my story “When We Missed the Forest for the Trees” came out in the new Issue Three of 5×5 Fiction. Check out the whole issue – it’s a great read!
Also, my story “Chalk City” is up at trapeze magazine today.
NaNoWriMo, short for National Novel Writing Month, which happens each November. If you’re looking for a kick in the pants to write a novel, or you’ve been struggling over one that’s slowly going nowhere, or you just want to try something fun and crazy, I highly recommend it!
I’ve signed up four times now, and finished three. Every single year has been worth it, even the year I didn’t finish. I have three incredibly messy novel drafts under my belt, and a much better understanding of the process than when I first started.
There’s nothing like writing a 50,000 word draft of a novel in a month to make you realize what you can do when you prioritize your time. Or perhaps, to make you prioritize in the first place!
Less than a month until the NaNoWriMo madness begins! Just signed up for my third time!
Day 1 and I’m on track with 1,792 words!
Boo! Happy Halloween! And, now for the real scare - today is the last day before the official start of NaNoWriMo 2008!
Going into this for a second year feels a little strange. Still exciting, but now that I know the lay of the land, I have actual expectations. Things like, getting ahead on word count instead of falling behind, and trying to produce more polished prose the first time around, so I have less of a mess to rewrite. All while keeping it fun and free-flowing! And finishing. Yes, since I’ve managed to do this once already, I feel even more pressure to finish this year!
As far as my preparations go, I’ve spent less time this year thinking about the story I’m going to write, but I’ve got a better fix on it already. I have my most important characters sketched out and an opening scene in mind. And of course, since I’m writing a romance, there’s a happy ending coming, no matter what shady happenings go on in the middle.