Friday, October 8, 2010

NaNoWriMo

It's that time of year again. Everyone is buzzing about National Novel Writing Month. I've been a participant since 2004. I first read about it on Sarah Dessen's blog. I didn't know what it was, so I looked it up (did we Google everything back then?). It sounded like something I wanted to try. I don't know why I hadn't done it before. I don't remember what I even wrote. But I didn't win until 2006, and then again in 2008.

The problem I have (not just with NaNo, in all my writing) is that I write in scenes that I piece together. So I might get to 50,000 words, but I don't have a story that flows very smoothly. I think last year's work of art made it to 30K and I've spent the last few months trying to fill in the gaps and hopefully come up with something worth submitting to an agent.

I've got my idea already for this year's NaNoWriMo. I even did my outline earlier this week. I think it has potential. The ending pulled a little more from other books I've read recently, so I might have to ditch that. But we'll see where the story takes us when the journey begins on November 1. I can't wait!

2 comments:

  1. Good luck with Nano! Last year was the first year I participated and my situation was a little like yours. I got to 50k but my WIP isn't anywhere near finished. After two rounds of edits it's still not looking polished. GRRR.

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  2. You could always sign up for mini-nanowrimo, which is where you pledge to write a certain number of words a day and then provide a daily word count for mods (which includes me).

    Oh, I added you to my friends & family links on my blog - let me know if htat's not cool.

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