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I just validated my 50,000-word draft to “win” Nanowrimo 2012!

More to come once I’ve eaten enough cake! ¬†ūüôā


I’ve been working away on my Nanowrimo project. ¬†Here are a few photos. ¬†The first shows the obsession that Nanowrimo creates with respect to word count. ¬†The project is 50,000 words in a month — a huge amount of writing. ¬†You need to break it into manageable portions, keeping in mind that there may be days (of which I’ve just had two) that you don’t write at all. ¬†I’ve discovered that I can write about 2,100 words at a stretch before I start going bug-eyed. ¬†So plotting out daily targets is critical.

The spirit of the project is to get a draft down as quickly as possible — no editing. ¬†However, soon after I write a section, I think, “Oh, I should have emphasized this” or “That section is missing X.” ¬†So I’ve been attaching those notes to post-its. ¬†After Nanowrimo is over, the first order of business will be incorporating these notes into the manuscript.

Finally, here’s a thorough and fair review of Cheer by Chick Lit Central.

I’m four days and 5,855 words into Nanowrimo. ¬†So far so good!

It’s a LOT of work, even (or perhaps especially) for someone like me who already spends hours writing almost daily. ¬†But I’ll be psyched to reach Nov. 30 with a 50,000-word draft to (hopefully) mold into another publishable novel. ¬†The story is set in San Francisco and has the theme of aging. ¬†Although my 10-year-old son remarked, “No offense, Mom, but that sounds boring,” I’m pretty happy with my 5,855-word draft.

I’m taking advantage of Scrivener’s Nanowrimo deal. ¬†This is software I’ve long wanted to try and so far it seems super powerful for handling large documents. ¬†When I wrote and edited Cheer, I found managing 60,000+words in a Word document pretty unwieldy.

For some laughs, check out the¬†#newNaNoWriMorules¬†hashtag on Twitter — it’s fake rules for Nanowrimo. ¬†Two of my favorites:

Every time you delete a word, you get entered as a tribute in the Hunger Games.

Every time you get on Facebook, you have to delete 1000 words from your manuscript.

Finally, I had a blast speaking to the book club about Cheer. ¬†They asked about character development, when I write, why Ethan’s chapters were in the third person, etc. ¬†I hope to participate in other book clubs as more readers discover Cheer.

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