by Lillian Csernica on October 14, 2014
Yes, it’s true. As chaotic as my life is, as crowded as my days are, I have indeed signed up for NaNoWriMo.
Why, you ask? Why do I intend to put myself through the hardcore boot camp of daily word count production? Two reasons.
ONE: Today I finished editing Sword Master, Flower Maiden. I still have to run it by my agent, but I think I am very close to declaring this book FINISHED!
TWO: NaNoWriMo is a great way to jump start Book 2 in the trilogy, which I have given the working title Garden of Lies.
1700 words per day, every one of the 30 days in November. That’s about seven pages per day. When I’m in good form, I can write five pages in 90 minutes. I’m going to be logging my daily word count on my profile at the NaNoWriMo site, so people can watch my book grow. They cheer me on, I cheer them on, and we all create literature together.
Do I have the book all plotted out already? No. I have this messy pile of notebooks and loose papers and a pile of research about the Imperial Palace in Kyoto, where the book will take place. Once I hear from my agent and know what to do about Book 1, then I’ll be ready to settle down with the pile of notes and research and see how much I’ve already got. Having taken inventory and gotten organized, I will then dump it all into the appropriate sections of Scrivener. Gotta set up my workspace for this new adventure.
I’m already getting excited. I know how to write fast without thinking too much about it. I know how to pick my subject and keep that pen moving until the timer goes off. Will I use a timer? Probably. Will I use it every day? Depends on how well the work is going. If I hit a dry patch, I might need the timer do nag me into being productive. Other days I may go wild and crank out all kinds of material. Bradbury said, “Throw up in the morning, clean up at noon.”
How about you people out there? Any NaNoWriMo veterans? Any words of wisdom for this newbie? I welcome whatever gems of knowledge you see fit to share.
Anybody want to be writing buddies? I’m not entirely clear on that concept. I don’t get out of the house without major logistical planning, but I’m sure I can provide some kind of support and maybe even advice. I’ve written four complete novel mss. This will be the first time I attempt to do so under such a compressed time frame. We shall triumph together!