Last year I buckled down to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which happens each and every November. Last year I finished out the month with 11,709 words and this year I’m doing it again with hopes of bigger and better results.
Technically, I guess I am supposed to start a new project this year, but I would rather work on the one that’s already half finished. Okay, nearly half finished. Alright, already! It is MORE THAN ONE-THIRD FINISHED. It is. And that is the truth.
Since I like to state things publicly just to put added pressure on myself, I will tell you that the summer was hard on my writing schedule. (Schedule! Ha! But, anyway.) I currently have 34,113 words — four and a half chapters — a whopping 131 pages! But, since I expect the finished product will be up to 85,000 words and somewhere between 267 and 322 pages, I still have quite a bit of work to do.
In NaNoWriMo, the goal is to write 50,000 words in one month. I would love to do that, since it would almost certainly mean I would get to the end (the end!) of this little project of mine, but I doubt it will happen. I am a dreamer, but I’m also realistic.
I am hoping to bring my grand total to 60,000 words by the end of the month. That would take me past the dreaded no man’s land that is the middle and get me ready for the big finish. (I know what happens, if only I can get there!)
In my whole life, I have only had one dream that has never faded: to write a novel.
I have my trusty Mac, notebook-o-inspiration, and a bottomless coffee mug, complete with motivational idiom.
Today, it begins. (Again). Wish me luck.