The last two days haven’t been kind to me in the writing of my NaNo project. My last good day of writing was Monday. Since then, I’ve not written a single word unless you count a blog post I started this morning (scheduled to go live on 30th November) – 280 words, another that went live a short time ago celebrating Bram Stoker’s 165th birthday – 70 words – and now this one.
I’m hoping to get back on track maybe later today but more apt to be this weekend. Even then, it won’t be until Sunday since I’m away all day Saturday at a “how to be your own publicist” workshop put on by the Writers’ Union of Canada.
This post 115 words excluding this sentence.
Well, I’ve plugged away at my NaNoWriMo project in, shall we say fits and starts, I’m pleased with my word count at this point in time.
Here’s my breakdown by date:
November 1 – 1542
November 2 – none
November 3 – 3838
November 4 – 1155
November 5 – 1952 (three scenes done in 3 separate documents 587+807+558)
To this morning, my total word count is … drum roll please 8487.
Yup, it’s that time of year again. And this year, I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo. But if you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I already decided to join in with a couple of gals (my writing buddies) from my local writers’ group.
Preparation such as it was is done. I’m as motivated as I’ll ever be. And 1667 words a day? Piece of cake right? Well, if I didn’t have a full-time job, plus there’s the usual and customary domestic duties. Still, get a few words down over my lunch hours, yup, I might make the daily target. Get some more down while supper is cooking. Then after supper let my fingers fly over the keys. It could be done.
Weekends could be my saving grace. I could manage to make up any targeted daily word count deficits up then. But wait! There’s shopping and laundry, and I belong to two writers’ groups and their meetings are on the weekends.
Add to that, I have the work Christmas party, I’m taking part in Ladies’ Night on November 16 from 6:00-10:00 where I’ll be selling my book (might manage to scribble some notes that will have to be put in the computer later), November 18 where I’ll be at the Mallorytown Legion from 8:00-3:00 again selling my book, and finally on November 29, I’m taking part in the Christmas Open House where I’ll be at Leeds County Books from 6:00-10:00.
If it sounds like I’m making excuses, I’m not – really. I’m merely stating the reasons why during my first year of taking part in NaNoWriMo, I might not make it to the finish line.
Egads! What have I gotten myself in to? With the heavy month I have beginning this coming Saturday through to December, in addition to holding down a full-time job, I took the plunge and signed up for NaNoWriMo. I must be crazy… Wait, I know I’m crazy. I hear voices in my head. But I would be more worried if the voices quit talking to me. Those voices belong to the characters in my debut novel and they’re all fighting for their turn in the spotlight.
Anyway, my plan is to work on the sequel to A Shadow in the Past. Fingers crossed that all goes well. And even if it doesn’t, at least I tried. This is my first kick at the can at NaNoWriMo so we’ll see just how disciplined I am.
November isn’t too far away and that means it’s NaNoWriMo (loosely translated – national novel writing in a month) time. So… do I sign up? I’m in the midst of what I hope is a successful marketing campaign and with it being the lead up to that special day in December (can’t bring myself to say it just yet since Halloween isn’t even here yet) do I give up on marketing to vanish from the social media airwaves to write?
And that’s just the tip of the NaNo or not to NaNo conundrum…
I have the framework of a piece that I could work on but it’s more than just an “outline”, which along with research is perfectly acceptable to do in advance. But when the framework is approaching the size of a novella (poorly written I might add), I feel a bit of a fraud.
Now, there is nothing saying I have to formally sign up to do NaNoWriMo and I could work on this in my own parallel project. If I do that, all it means is that I don’t have the resources of the NaNoWriMo site. I do have a great circle of fellow writers that could keep me motivated and help me work beyond any of the plot bunnies that might jump up out of their warrens to wreak havoc. Basically, just do my best to write 50,000 words during the month (or about 1,667 per day). Which leads me back to do I abandon my marketing campaign or try to do both? Oh yeah, and I also work full time.
Am I completely off my nut?