This was, I shit you not, the best NaNo I’ve been able to participate in so far. National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short, is when a bunch of us crazy kids from around the world go mad and attempt to type up a novel of 50,000 words in November. It’s 1667 words per day, every day, for the whole of November. Some of us crazier kids attempt to do more words. I’ve seen WriMos shoot for 75k, 100k, and even 300k…
I had plans diving balls deep into NaNo. I believe it’s a good idea to have NaNo plan and goals to achieve besides the 50k word count. The only things about my plans I was able to implement was pacing myself and socialising. Those two things I did just fine. I reached 50k on the 29th after just cruising along. I missed days, I even missed a whole weekend, and I still made it. I didn’t go bat-shit crazy and finish in three weeks, with 2-3k words a day and 5k word-days peppered throughout.
My hands continue to work and I don’t feel like passing out. Success! Except now I feel unhealthy and lazy because I didn’t get as much fitness in as I’m used to. Bad!
As for my other plans… I set out to write my WIP Quiet Please, but I ended up switching to my next year’s intended NaNo novel, which I’ve nicknamed Sophie. I went back to Quiet Please a few times, but I feel I need to outline it more. I’m taking what I’ve written on Quiet Please and making it a detailed outline. I need more research (like riding on a quiet carriage), more character research, and more outlining before I begin writing it.
Sophie on the other hand… I’m not going to pretend it’s easy to write young adult fiction. I don’t even know if I’m capable of it and I wouldn’t be doing it if the story wasn’t based on a young teen being groomed by older men. The stories I write are very pleasant, aren’t they? With my horror, following the life of a child, I am sure it is not intended for a young audience. With Sophie I’m not sure. I guess it depends on how fucked up shit gets. It is one of those stories where the horrible things happening are actually events that have happened in real life. Not necessarily mine, but this is what I write; people doing terrible things to each other because we are capable of it.
I’m going to be spending some time to clean up Sophie, at least what I’ve written of it, because it is a mess. I’ll continue with it afterwards though, finish it, and then get back to my schedule of writing.
I’ll definitely be getting back to Quiet Please, but… maybe I’ll swap it to be next year’s NaNo…
Tomorrow I’ll share my experiences with the social side of NaNo.