Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo! Good luck to everyone out there trying to crank out 1,667 words each day in the month of November.
I’m not participating this year. I have a finished and polished novel ready for public consumption. Well, it’s ready for consumption by agents and editors. They’ll determine what changes are needed to make it ready for the public.
Instead of NaNoWriMo, I’m doing NaNoSubMo this year. This is a creature of my own invention. Curious? I hope so. Follow the link and check it out! Feel free to come back here and let me know what you think of the idea.
I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo this year. It’s not because I don’t believe in the process of encouraging writers. It’s because I have different plans this year!
I’ve decided to submit Warmaiden to one agent or editor each day in the month of November. I’m calling this National Novel Submission Month. Or… wait for it… NaNoSubMo!
I even went so far as to register a domain name for my efforts. If they pay off, I may expand the site into something people can register for and track their own queries. We’ll see if I get that deep into my insanity! You can follow my efforts of November over at http://nanosubmo.org/
It’s already nearing the end of the work day here in Colorado, and I’ve just now decided that I’m going to jump in and do NaNoWriMo this year. I’ve been pondering this for about week, and I’ve decided that the almost twenty thousand words of Warmistress just aren’t shaping up to be what I want them to be. I don’t like the direction the story is taking, nor how I’m getting there. I’m scrapping all the words. (Yes, with backups, just in case.)
I’m starting fresh with a blank page (okay, okay, LibreOffice ODT file) and heading down the trail to Laurin’s and Gerra’s next set of adventures.
Now to see if I can get to 50,000 words before the end of the month. It’ll be a tight ride since I’ve pretty much already lost a full day and my schedule doesn’t appear to be letting up anytime soon.
I participated in NaNoWriMo for the past two years and had varying levels of success. Unfortunately, time constraints on me this year are preventing me from even taking a stab at things.
*big heavy sigh*
I hope to be able to jump into the fray next year!
NaNoWriMo 2009 rolled to a close last night, and I was writing right up until midnight in an attempt to squeeze out a few more words. I did get a few thousand more of them put into WARMAIDEN, but the NaNoWriMo site cut me off. I went there at two minutes to midnight (there’s my shout out to Iron Maiden fans), but the site had already locked down and claimed that NaNoWriMo 2009 had ended. I couldn’t put in my final tally of 44,435 words for the month.
If you recall, I had set an original goal of 10,000 words for the month of November. I hit that on the third day of the month and was ecstatic with my accomplishment. I knew I couldn’t keep up the pace of 3,333 words per day, so I set a new goal of 25,000 words. I managed to hit that on November 17th, but I didn’t stop just because I had reached my word count. I have a book to finish!
By the time the end of the month rolled around, I had reached my end total of 44,435 and I’m extremely happy with my accomplishment. I know. I know. I didn’t reach the magical 50,000th word for the month, so I can’t claim to be an official winner of the challenge. In my eyes, I’ve accomplished a great deal.
I’m up to 60,435 words in my novel, which puts me at around 60% complete with the first draft. I know that once I pump out the remaining 40,000-ish words in the book, that the real work of editing will begin. I’ve already put chapters 4-6 in front my critique groups, but I’ll have to wait and see what they say come the end of December. I’m hoping to have the entire book in front of them by February, so I can receive the feedback at the end of March. This will allow me the first part of April to revise as quickly as I can in time to present WARMAIDEN to agents at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference.
Wish me luck! It’s a tight schedule.