Meh… It’s Only 50,000 Words

Wow, I can’t believe Autumn is already here. Normally, when I think of this time of year, I think of foliage, sweatshirts, Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc… but this year, all I can think of is that little thing I said I’d do this November. It doesn’t seem right that it’s already here, but it is, and I’m still going to go through with it. I’ve never done anything like this and I’ve never challenged myself to such an extent, which makes doing this very important.

NaNoWriMo, such a fun thing to say, and when I tell people I’m doing it, they give me a sideways look, and say, “Uh? What’s that?” So, for all of you who may not know, let me quickly tell you. It stands for National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write a book with 50,000 words or more beginning at midnight on November 1st and ending at midnight on November 30th.  You can outline, plot, and plan before then, but shouldn’t write any prose until November 1st (that’s what the website suggests). From what I gather, some writers/authors use existing works in progress, but I’m choosing to start a new book.

FIFTY THOUSAND WORDS IN ONE MONTH!! It took me well over a year to write my first draft of Amelia, which was 53, 072 words. What makes me think I can do this? Well, I’m not real sure I can, but I do know I’m going to try my hardest. I have a wonderful support system in my husband, friends, family, and my writing community. I’m also more excited than I am nervous, which I hope, will carry me through.

As of yesterday, I’ve stopped working on Amelia, and I’m beginning to scratch out notes and pull together ideas for NaNo. I should’ve started this a couple of months ago, but I needed to get Amelia past a certain point before stopping it for a while. Nonetheless, I’ve been giving mind-time to the stories I may want to write. There are two I’m going back and forth with and I’m not sure which one will be the right one for such an undertaking. One story will be a bit easier for me to write and the other will be completely out of my comfort zone and not in my normal genre. I’d love to give the hardest one a shot, but I don’t want to put so much in my basket that I set myself up for failure from the get-go. I’ll know more once I get further into my plotting and planning.

My setting for accomplishing this feat will be prime. In the beginning, I’ll have two of my lovely writer friends, Jennifer Gracen and Janelle Jensen, coming to Vermont to kick off NaNoWriMo with a bang! By the way, Karen DeLabar, we still have our fingers crossed that you can come too! After they leave me, I’ll stay in my wonderful, writing haven and write like I’ve never written before… from morning to night… from night to morning. I will have no boundaries and nothing will stop me. I WILL DO THIS!

So, let the ideas come. Let the planning begin. One month and 5 days to write off!!

Until next time…



Filed under September 2012

10 responses to “Meh… It’s Only 50,000 Words

  1. I saw some tweets about NaNoWriMo and did a little research, it sounds like a great writing exercise even if you don’t finish. I would never say fail, the only failure is in not trying. I thought of having a go myself but I have a deadline from my publisher and need to finish my current work. Maybe next year.
    I think you should challenge yourself and do the harder project, you might surprise yourself and you’ll learn how you write under pressure. Good luck with it all. I’ll be following your progress (if you get the chance) & look forward to reading your work

    • I understand not being able to do it. That’s how I was last year.
      I believe you’re right. I need to challenge myself with the harder of the two stories. What I’ll learn about myself and what I can accomplish with my writing is well worth it!

  2. Best of luck with your endeavor! No doubt you’ll learn so much and get many, many words written. You have a month and five days to get your plot and ideas in order. And what a wonderful way to start such a challenge – with friends! Please let us know how things are going, even if you just blog your word count. Cheering you on!

  3. Sounds like you are going to have a great time writing with those gals! I have done NaNo six years in a row and have “won” three out of six – unfortunately last year was not a winning year, so I’m going for gold this November! You are in very good company giving NaNo a shot, I feel like it is an invaluable exercise.

  4. Chris weaver

    WTG BUBS! — Your loving “Publisher” (and spouse)

  5. I love the idea of pushing the limits and really challenging yourself during NaNoWriMo, so I say, go for the idea outside of your comfort zone. Remember, it’s only a first draft! All you have to do is write and have a coherent idea. You can totally do this!

  6. You can do it! 🙂 NaNoWriMo is lots of fun and a great opportunity to meet others who love to write.

    Remember, it’s just a rough draft. Everything can be fixed. As a matter of fact, I’m currently revising my NaNo from 2006.

    Good luck!

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