Okay, guys. I hate to admit it, but I am slacking. Usually, I am completely prepared for this. I plan character, outline, make a cover, play around on the website. Everything. This year, I have a vague plan, less than a notebook page. I just have been so tired and lazy. I haven’t wanted to do anything. But it’s time I got my butt in gear. So here is my #NaNoWriMo to-do list.
I’ve participated in (and won) NaNoWriMo four times. In fact, I’m working on self-publishing one of those novels right now. The past two NaNos, I’ve been working a full-time teaching job while trying to complete the challenge. It is stressful and crazy and hard, but it’s also one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. Below the cut is my advice to anyone wanting to be a NaNoWriMo superstar while working a full-time job.
There isn’t much to talk about today. Things have been crazy during preparations for Thanksgiving (my very favorite holiday!) and trying to get caught up on my NaNoWriMo writing. But finally, FINALLY, I did it. I hit my 50,000. 50,012 to be exact. There’s a bit more that I want to write before I officially put in to “win” NaNoWriMo, but I’m almost there. Even just seeing the 50,000 is one of the best motivations I know.
I’m a little nervous about finishing it, but I am even more nervous about revising it. I’ve always been absolutely terrible at revisions. It’s hard for me to take what I have written and deconstruct it and start anew. Does anyone have any good advice on revisions?
And if you celebrate it, I hope that you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving. And if not, have a wonderful day regardless!
I guess I’ve been a little MIA the past few weeks. Between getting papers graded for work and participating in National Novel Writing Month, I feel like I haven’t had any time to myself!
If you don’t know what National Novel Writing Month is, I highly recommend you look into it. Writing a novel in a month is insanity. The good kind of insanity. In fact, the only novels I have ever finished were NaNoWriMo projects (this makes me a VERY BAD AUTHOR).
This year’s NaNoWriMo has been the craziest of them all. Real life has decided to be a thing this year. I am actually being a social human being (what!)! Plus there’s the whole work thing, which is taking up more of my time this year than it has in the past.
The craziest thing though is that I completely changed what I was going to write on the very first day. Originally, in my head, it was going to be a spin on popular fairy tales. I spent all of October planning and researching and getting ready (I am a planner).
But on November 1, I woke up completely inspired to start working on a novel I had scrapped long ago. I had some of it written, and about half an outline done, and I set to work on it. Scrapped all of my plans from the first novel and went with it. And I haven’t looked back since.
It’s not perfect, but I am enjoying it. And NaNoWriMo is all about getting the words on the page, right? I can make it better later.