And we’re off!

November is here, which means NaNoWriMo!  This month I will be posting a sentence from each day’s writing.  Here’s the first!

“He didn’t remember it, of course, and what happened immediately before and immediately after were likewise hazy, as if the black of unconsciousness was smudged with a careless thumb into the forms and shapes of wakefulness.”

Going camping!



So, you’re probably familiar with the National Novel Writing Month, known affectionately as Nanowrimo, that glorious program where millions of aspiring writers race to write a 50k word novel  in the month of November.  I’ve participated for years, and have crossed the finish line three times.  The first became my book Haunted, the second we shall never speak of again, and the third, Crisis, will be a book (probably book 3) in the Haunted series.

What you might not be aware of, though, is that the Nano folks also run a program called Camp Nanowrimo, two sessions (March and July) where you set your own word count of at least 5k words, on any kind of project (novel, play, collection of short stories, dissertation…), either pick or are assigned “cabin mates” to encourage and be encouraged by, and then race to finish your word count by the end of the month.

I’m signed up for July, with a goal of 50k words, to write book 2 in the Haunted series, tentatively titled Committed.  I’m excited – and a little scared – to be throwing myself completely into writing this novel.  I enjoy spending time with my characters, and enjoy writing their adventures.  That said, there’s a lot of pressure to be perfect, which is one thing I’m hoping to be able to leave behind by doing Camp Nano.  One of the philosophies of the Nanowrimo program is that you shut off your internal editor and just write.  Screw quality, you’re going for quantity.  You allow yourself to write crap if that’s what it takes to get to your daily 2k.  The secret is, of course, that writing fearlessly is how you get quality.  That sometimes you have to write through the crap to get the gold.  And Nano, in any form, allows you to do just that.

Of course, writing 2k words a day will leave me little time for things like, say, my thrice weekly essay-length blog posts.  So my plan is to post nifty pics on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Things I find cool, or exciting, or weird.  Probably a lot of weird.  I like weird.  The usual posts will return in August.

Wish me luck!

Day 15. 1 pm. Word count: 31,197 Fragmented thoughts.

I wrote nearly 1k words in a half hour sprint last night, reaching my 2k goal before midnight with two minutes to spare.  Booyah.

This paranormal tale is having surprisingly little paranormal stuff going on.  I think I’ll have to add more during editing.

I’m in the one Starbucks in Tuscaloosa (the ones in Target and Barnes & Noble totally don’t count).  About ten minutes ago, there was a guy in here who was screaming at all the Asian patrons about the Korean War.  When one of the baristas came to throw him out, I thought he was going to hit her.  I’m still anxious that he’s going to come back with a gun and shoot the place up.  This will probably make its way into my writing.  If, you know, I’m not murdered by crazy Korean War guy…

Day 13. 1pm. Word count: 26,724

Only 467 words so far today.  I feel like I’m getting slower and slower, as if I’m trying to walk through slowly cooling molasses.  I’ve been able to make my 2,000 goal every day so far (I mean, there was that one day about a week ago where the last 400 words or so came after midnight, and thus was credited to the next day, but I made up for that), but it’s getting harder and harder.  Week 2 sucks.

Day 12. 1 pm. Word count: 25,263

Over halfway to the 50k word goal!  I am worried, though, that I am not halfway through my story.  I think this thing is gonna be longer that 50k, and I’m worried about running out of motivation to finish once I hit 50k and the NaNoWriMo goal is met.  Hopefully I’ll be able to push on and finish.  Then put it aside for a month or so before returning to hack it apart with a scalpel…

Day 8. 1pm. Word count: 16,772

Yesterday I finished my 2000 words before I left Starbucks.  Today I’ve got about 45 minutes left before I go pick up the kids, and I’m a little over 1000 words for the day.  Some days the word flow, and some days I’m clawing my way to my word count.  Such is the way of things.  The key is to keep going, no matter what.  A little pep talk to all you NaNo warriors out there.  Not to mention a little pep talk for me!