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.