Wednesday, November 1, 2017

National Novel Writing Month



Here we are again – November first. Today begins the mad dash to write fifty thousand words in a month. The Office of Letters and Light began the challenge years ago, calling it National Novel Writing Month (NaNo for short).

A Main Setting for "Blue Moon" - Loveland Castle
Somehow, even while working fulltime, I managed to meet the goal by the November 30th deadline every year since 2011. Granted, unlike others, I never did anything with them. I’m honestly more adept at short story writing. All the same the word count should be easier than ever now that I’m retired and have no plans to travel for the US Thanksgiving holiday.

This morning, however, presented me with a snag. Planning to rewrite “Changing Your Stripes” from my novelette series, I wasn’t feeling the love. Perhaps it’s because the tale is too polished.

In addition, the stories all max out at around thirteen thousand words, tops. And therein lies salvation. Divergence is guaranteed if I want to make the goal. So why not write another piece of the overall puzzle and move on from there?

As of 1:15 this afternoon my word count has tripled. Still below the day’s goal of 1,667, I’m almost halfway there. And I’m having a great time telling about the wedding of my two original characters’ close friends. Now, back at it…

Do you participate in NaNoWriMo? If not, any other fun goals for the month?

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12 comments:

  1. You're retired? Uh oh. It's funny how busy you get with other things when you are retired. (This isn't from personal experience but from what I've been told by people I know who have retired.) Good luck with NaNo.

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    1. I've been blessed to be left alone for the most part to do what I want. Thank you on the well wishes! The month started off with a bang - my biggest opening day word count yet.

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  2. I'm participating in NaNo. Just made my daily word count a few minutes ago, so I'm "relaxing" by reading blogs :-) Good luck with your NaNo this year.

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  3. Wishing I could write. Just don't have that talent. Hoping you make that fifty thousand words a month deal....I can talk that amount! haha

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    1. You're so talented that if you could write fiction the world would have to balance out some other way. ~grin~ Thank you for the kind words. Be well!

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  4. I am impressed. I would love to write, but can't seem to motivate. You are clearly motivated. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thank you! A crummy mentor once undermined my motivation and self confidence. I'm so happy to have the muse back!

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  5. Can you post what you write online? I'm so darn curious to see what you write. I think its probably good.

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    1. Thank you! I haven't wanted to share online in case I get the will to try getting published someday. But maybe I can send you something somehow. ~hugs~ Thank you for the vote of confidence.

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  6. Go, Darla! Congrats on increasing your word count! (high fives)

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    1. Thank you! The encouragement means a lot.

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