Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Writing Wednesday - NaNoWriMo

I haven't been blogging a lot because I've been writing a lot - plowing ahead with my new WIP for National Novel Writing Month.

And you know what? It's fun.

I've had this idea for a story brewing in my head for many years. I started it once way back when, started it a second time a bit later, but I never got into the meat of the story. And the thing about this story (unlike so many ideas that pop into my head) is that I knew how I wanted it to end.

The middle was a little unclear. But that's okay - that's where I am now - and I'm figuring it out as I go. The story took a few twists I didn't expect. And I'm thinking in re-writes there are some factors I need to explore more deeply. But the great thing about NaNoWriMo - it forces you not to worry about the re-writes yet. You think this part or that part could be better? Great - you'll take care of it next time around. For today - just plunge ahead. And I've been plunging.

The goal for NaNoWriMo is 50,000 words in the month of November. I'm up to 32,000 so far and trying to figure out at what point I start the downward slope toward the end of the novel.

I'll confess that I love revisions. I love knowing a story so well that you can really focus on making it the best it can be. But this is the second first draft of a story I've written this year - and I'm really enjoying this part too.

What can I say - I love it all!


  1. Oh, yay! I get to be the first one to comment on your new blog! And can I say, I am really glad that you're making a blog about writing. I've always enjoyed Writing Wednesdays, and I'm excited that you'll be having a whole blog dedicated to writing!

  2. Yay Beth, if I had a prize for "first comment" you'd win it.

    Thanks for stopping by - and I plan to do a lot more with this blog in the future. Including making it look a little nicer.

  3. Ah, that Beth beat me to it! But if it had to be someone, I'm glad it was you, Beth!

  4. Chris,
    Congrats on making great progress on NaNoWriMo!

  5. Thanks Vivian, I'm having a lot of fun with this WIP.

    And PJ - thanks for coming by - you're still a winner even if you didn't comment first.

  6. You go, Christine! Especially on your progress with NaNoWriMo.

    Kim Baccellia

  7. Yay! Another writing blog to follow! Good luck with your writing frenzy!

  8. Thanks Kim and Patty - I'm having fun just writing this story down. It's been brewing in my head for way to long - it needed to get out!