I just validated my 50,000-word draft to “win” Nanowrimo 2012!
More to come once I’ve eaten enough cake! 🙂
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.
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.