Next Wednesday is the 1st November and the start of the month long challenge that is National Novel Writing Month, where writers everywhere act against logic and challenge themselves to write a minimum of 50,000 words of the first draft of a novel in one month. Yup. That’s a mind blowing 1,667 words a day.
I have successfully achieved this challenge twice and made it to 25,000 words on a third occasion and I’ve ‘failed’ many more times. BUT, this year I am going in with a slightly more plotted idea than usual, and a desire to write nearer to 80,000 words.
And I will be pushing through and editing the book afterwards. I recently attended Batnon and Robin’s Editing Masterclass, I have my magnetic silver board, and I will succeed. Whether anyone else will want to read my efforts is another matter but I am going to make sure that I create something I can class as a completed novel.
And then I’ll finally get round to editing the other 3 books I’ve partially written!!!
To keep myself accountable – every Wednesday I’m planning to do a check-in post telling you lovely people how much I’ve written.
Have you taken part in NaNoWriMo before or is this your first year? Have you got any tips for success?
It’s the first Wednesday of the month (just – sneaking this post in at 30 minutes to midnight) so it’s time for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group post – this month I am going to talk about:
I’ve colour coded my WIP, Tetrana, in Scrivener to show whose point of view each scene is from and to show if a scene has been edited or not. But whenever I plan to sit down to actually do the editing I can’t seem to do it. The drafting process is where I feel most comfortable and I think I’m afraid of ruining things by interfering. I’m also using Scrivener’s snapshot feature to make sure I have the option to go back but this month I’m after advice to move forward. I really want to finish a full draft. Please help.