I finished writing a novel in July and swore I never wanted to look at it again. But, lo and behold, here I thinking about about it and feeling like getting my editing hat back on. Hello NaNoEditMo November? It may just happen.
I finished my novel, including the epilogue, yesterday. It’s a steaming pile of crap, as first drafts always are. However, there’s enough there to tuck in and polish, chuck and add, when the editing phase begins. Right now, though, I’m just sitting back and feeling very proud of myself.
Getting this done in one month was no bed of roses. I knew it would be a slog, so I hired a friend of mine who’s a writing coach to be my official nudge. She has done her job and done it well. I’m done!
So, from Blogging 101 to Writing 101. You’re in for it now! I joined this writing challenge to get my fiction muscles back in shape. I haven’t worked them out for quite some time. I joined in a NaNoWriMo challenge last November, but stopped when my mother passed away early that month. I really didn’t feel like doing any fiction writing until earlier this year, but got sucked into some life challenges that dropped me in my tracks. Now there’s another NaNo challenge in July and I’m going to try it again. In the meantime, I’m going to see what I can do during this challenge to prepare for that.
I have a book I’ve been trying to finish for years. I started it during the worst part of the recession, when both my husband and I were pretty much hung out to dry. I suddenly started thinking about two travelers in a ravaged countryside, two people who had lost some very significant things. One person, the female protagonist, lost her entire family and village and the other, the male protagonist, a soldier who was blinded in an attack. I set this up as a fantasy, set in some pre-industrial era. I started it, then stopped, then started, then stopped. I signed up for NaNoWriMo in 2012 and got my 50,000 words in, but the novel still wasn’t finished. Since that time I’ve written about another 2,000 words.
So, I’ll give Writing 101 a try – if you guys can stand it. I may also post chapters and plot synopses, to see what you guys think about it.
So, here we go again!
I’m over 7,000 words for day 3 of NaNoWriMo. My husband and I will be leaving tomorrow morning for Western New York and services for my mom. Don’t know if I’ll get a chance to write during that time but will be getting back to it soon!
It’s already October and the frantic staff at NaNoWriMo are already whipping us up into a frenzy. I have absolutely no time, but I’m going to try it again this November. One month, 50,000 words. I started a novel last year and got 50,000 words into it, then stopped. Of course, despite my best intentions, I never picked it up again. I need deadlines and inspiration.
Please, by all means, feel free to cheer me on!