It’s NaNovember so this will be short…

typewriter-801921_1920It’s NaNoWriMo–National Novel Writing Month–for many of us in the writing world, that crazy time of year when we are glued to our laptops for an entire month, even more antisocial than usual, vomiting at least 1667 words per day for a total of 50,000 by November 30. I’ve spent the latter part of this week catching up to the first part–Election Day put a wee hitch in my stride–but for the first time in several years I’m reasonably close to being on target to finish (knock on wood).

Although I was planning to write a futuristic dystopian I plotted during the RNC, it was far too depressing. So I’m writing a romantic historical mystery instead, and I am completely pantsing it. Other than knowing who killed the odious Clive in the very first scene, I’m playing everything by ear. This is usually a recipe for disaster for me, and trying to do it with a mystery is likely to be incredibly stupid. But I was trying to finish the last book before this one, so I didn’t have time to plot. We shall see if I still manage to get through the middle without flying off the rails, but so far the words are flowing with minimal obstruction. (Knocking again.)

Are you trying NaNo this year? How’s it going? Words flowing? Not so much? Take a little break and share!

14 Replies to “It’s NaNovember so this will be short…”

  1. Besides doing NaMoWriMo, I’m doing Fast Tract where you write 20 pages a day for two weeks. It’ has helped me reach my NaMo already, but I hated it. I don’t write to page count, so this was a struggle. Even though I’ve met my 50,000 words, I’m going to keep going on NaMo. Good Luck.

    1. Are you doing FastTrack with Candace Havens, Anita? I did it twice–once successfully, once not so much. It is VERY hard, so kudos to you for getting through it and for hitting your NaNo goals already. 🙂

  2. I wish you the best of luck on your NaNo project (and can’t wait to read it). I’m not doing NaNo this year, which I’ve never won, because I ironically completed my novel last month by writing 50k in a month.

    I now consider myself an honorary NaNo winner. 😉

    1. I’ve had good and bad experiences with NaNo. When the words are flowing, NaNo is a great motivator. When they don’t, it’s unpleasant, to say the least. So far so good this year!

  3. I try not to get to hung up on word count. The whole point of NaNoWriMo is to get into the habit of writing ‘something’ every day and to make your writing time more structured and productive. Great post!

    1. Thanks, Daphne! This week has been a challenging one for word count, but I keep plugging away, and figure that has to count for something. 🙂

  4. I’m sure you’ll get there, Marin, by Nov. 30. I only tried NaNo once and the results are still under the bed. I’ll dig it out someday. I knew I couldn’t sign on this year, since I’m at the editing stage for my book due to the publisher Nov. 30. When I edit, I take out words rather than add them in. Not NaNo friendly.

  5. For me this is the first year I feel like I’m going to win 🙂 Probably because I did some big picture plotting. My goal for the month is 60,000 and right now I’m ahead. We’ll see if I make 🙂

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