So I began last November intending to crank out 50,000 words during NaNoWriMo. I got off to an erratic start, as I recall, and then the election completely sapped my desire to write anything for … well, for longer than it should have.
This year, I will be – once again – working on what I hope will become the follow-up (but not sequel) to How I’m Spending My Afterlife as part of NaNoWriMo. I know that, in its purest form, this event is supposed to be about writing 50,000 words toward a fresh project during the month of November. But I’m modifying the rules a bit here, since I just recently FINALLY figured out what this novel is going to be, and breaking off to start something new at this particular moment would be foolish.
So: my NaNoWriMo goal is to have an entire first draft of this novel completed. I have, in various forms and in a wide range of acceptability, about 18,000 mostly very raw words already written toward this goal. For that reason, I’m not going to use the word count goal (since I have a bit of a head start there), but will use the binary metric of Finished / Not Finished instead.
I’ll be giving updates on my progress every few days. Here’s the first:
I only wrote a few new paragraphs yesterday, mostly due to a severe bout of insomnia the night before (I could hardly keep my eyes focused on my screen). Today I wrote about seven or eight hundred words toward three of the more polished parts of my manuscript. So, for those of you who require running word count totals, I’d say the manuscript so far has ten thousand words over three chapters, with nine hundred of those being NaNoWriMo words.
A slow start, to be sure. But the month is young.