So, I’m doing National Writing Month (NaNoWriWo) for the third time this year. I have to say, my word count hasn’t been what I had hoped. But then, I didn’t like the push and stress last year to make the 50K. I did win last year, finishing the full 50K on Nov. 29. But it was just to see if I could do it.
This year I’m feeling very different about it. I have gone to the Night of Writing Dangerously for two years in a row. I really enjoyed being with other writers and dressing up to write for the evening. It was a nice outing and a lot of fun. But this year, I feel, been there, done that. It was exciting to be a part of it. Now, I feel I just have to do this writing thing at my own speed. And so, I guess that has been why I have been approaching NaNo differently this year.
There is a lot of stress of pushing for word count daily. And I’ve gotten into a routine of at least one daily writing session of at least an hour a day. I could push to try to do two a day, but the stress got to me a bit last year. I also lost my dear cat right at the end of NaNo last year. So, this year, my heart might not have been fully in it as the last two years.
But I found NaNo has really helped get my word writing speed up and get a writing routine started. I’m finding that the once a day sprints I’m doing is giving me 800-1400 words a day. That seems to be a normal writing speed I’m comfortable with. And it’s good writing that I can use later. I won’t throw it away. I’ll edit the crap out of it, of course, but not throw it away. I’ll even count this blog post word count for NaNo. I count everything I work on this whole month. I usually line up several projects I want to work on or finish. So, it’s a whole month of getting some serious writing done for me. I focus on the creative, first draft writing to get those projects finished I need to.
I really also enjoy sharing the experience with other writers and writing in unison all month. It’s like a whole month where I just do rough drafts. So, it’s almost like a celebration of writing all through November. Where else can writers come together and celebrate and share in something they love to do. All the support, Tweets and memes on Twitter, supportive messages through the website, and seeing my word count go up all month really is a worth while experience to still do. Except I’m going to do it my way this year.
So, if you would like to still join in the NaNo challenge even though it’s Nov. 12, just join up and start writing. Don’t worry about finishing the 50K. Just worry about doing some writing each day, and see what you are able to do by the end of the month. You might surprise yourself.
If you’ve been doing NaNo this year or decide to join in because of my post, please let me know in the comment section. Love to see what word count you are up to.
Marilyn Vix’s NaNo Profile: Request to be my buddy once you sign up!
My word count as of this post so far this month: 9,451
***Note: My NaNoWriMo Winning Novel from last year is up on Kindle Scout for nominations. I spent a year editing it and getting it ready for this moment. So, I’d appreciate any support and interest you may favor.
Kindle Scout is the program that Amazon has set up to receive possible manuscripts for their ebook imprint: Kindle Press. They get feedback from the public on what novels should be published.
So, please stop by, look over my novel Everything For Love‘s profile, and consider nominating it for publication. It’s a next step you can do after you complete your novel during NaNoWriMo.
UPDATE: I finished a novella that is called “Thankful In Las Vegas”. I self-published it, and it is now available on Amazon.com. Sometimes, writing for yourself and not worrying about your word count gets the job done.
**My 2017 NaNo plan got me to work on a novel ideas I’ve been kicking around in my mind for awhile. SO, I made my 50K goal writing a kpop romance novel! I didn’t finish it, since a lot of romances are about 65k for me. But I’ve been working on revising and finishing the ending at a slower pace in 2018. So, hopefully, something will be either submitted to a traditional publisher or self-published in the future. ***STAY TUNED!