I haven’t blogged in a while.
Not that I’m not annoyed with things on a daily basis. On an hourly basis, more like. The thing is: November is NaNoWriMo which stands for National Novel Writing Month.
It’s my first time doing it. Basically, the goal is to start a novel from scratch and get 50,000 words down in thirty days. That’s 1,667 words a day. You can participate even if you’re writing a work already in progress, or doing something other than novel-length fiction–which means you’re a NaNo Rebel and can’t qualify to “win” but still, anything to get one writing is damn good, I say. I think the goal is doable, for some people anyway. I don’t have kids and I generally enjoy my writing time, so I had no anxiety getting all up in the NaNo action. Plus, I don’t have issues with getting words down so I wasn’t really going into it to get 50,000 words down in a month. I pretty much just want the excuse to put everything aside, to leave most of my days free just for my writing. For that reason, NaNo all year would work for me. I mean, I’ve still been feeding my puppies, taking showers, and going to the grocery store. But, I’ve been sacrificing Call of Duty, reading, watching (for the fourth time) The Gilmore Girls, and most of my lazy sitting around time. I just sit around with my laptop now, which makes it productive time.
So, the first 4 days were great. I got to 20,000 words, don’t ask me how. But then it was feeling like a race and I was afraid I was tripping over everything to get words down. And then I realized it’s only ’cause I haven’t been rereading and editing compulsively like I usually do. I’m doing that thing a lot of writing people recommend: I’m banging out a first draft without over-thinking it.
I’m sort of losing the character’s voice and I think I’m dipping into previous voices I’ve used in other manuscripts. But, apparently that’s all stuff I can tend to in revision.
But still, after getting only 200 words down in the early hours of today (because looking at my computer was making me yawn and hate my story), I managed to catch up tonight and do 1,698 words. So, Day 5 is less productive, but still way above average. I just know I’m going to find this story “meh” in the coming days but I read an interview in The Writer magazine with John Dufresne–whom I’ve never read but will in the future–and he had some great advice that would be applied to NaNo. At one point, he advised writers to strive to recapture that initial feeling of excitement they once had for their story. He also emphasized that getting to know your character is a long process and it goes on into the revision phase, which is great because right now, I don’t really know this kid Aeden I’m writing about. She just does and says things. But, she obviously has a story and I’m gonna write that shit.
So, this is the first NaNo report, blog style. No one’s gonna read this but it’s okay because I’m doing it so that if anyone brings up my website and my blog, I won’t be one of those people who has an inactive blog. I’m still active, baby!