Hello, SEers. Mae here on the second to last Friday in November. Most of the month is behind us. If you live in the States, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I know we’re all anxious to bid goodbye to 2020, but this month feels like it’s blown past at lightspeed. Maybe that’s because I’ve been writing like a speed demon. This is my last NaNoWriMo post of the year, so I hope you’ll bear with me—especially given it’s about more than NaNo.
Let’s talk writing. Whether you’re chasing 50K in thirty days, or plugging away as usual, the goal is to create. To make progress on your WIP. We all have one, right? There is rarely a time when there isn’t a manuscript in some semblance of completion. If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo, you’re either adding to that or you’ve started something from scratch.
The NaNo plan is to write every day. If you stick to that, it amounts to churning out 1667 words a day for thirty days. I’m not a writer who can do that. My schedule is all over the place. There are days—clumps of them—when I can’t find the time to write. That means I have to double, or triple-up on other days. I start off with a bang (usually due to a few vacation days) then fall behind as the month progresses. So far, I’ve managed to write eight days during November. It’s a toss-up whether or not I will “win” with 50K.
But how do you gauge a win? Last November I wrote a little over 50K and ended the month with an unsalvageable manuscript. Complete disaster. NaNo is always a fun experience, but as an author I bombed, even though I “won.” I walked away with a few characters I can use later, and a setting I plan to employ again.
This year, I may not win. As of this writing, I’m a little shy of 25K, halfway there. The difference is I chose to work on a WIP, and although I’m going to have polishing to do, the progress I’ve made is substantial. All of my scenes are usable, and the plot follows a linear fashion. At the most, I have to flesh out scenes, trimming where necessary. This is a WIP that has been languishing for two years, so I’m ecstatic with the headway. I started with a few pages, and now have a litter of them!
There’s something about November that inspires writing. The adrenalin and hype of NaNoWriMo carries over to most all writers, participating or not.
Have you taken advantage of this write-a-thon month in one manner or the other? Let me hear your successes. Or, if you’re like me, and find yourself behind the eight ball on your plans, let me hear your goals for moving ahead. The end result is that we keep writing. 2020 is almost over. What are your goals for completing the year? Did you find NaNoWriMo beneficial in inspiring your muse in one way or another?
Stay a while and chat in the comments below.
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