Write a 50,000 words novel in a month. Yep, that is the challenge proposed for the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) held each year in November. I have being contemplating participation for a few years now. This time I’m doing it.
It’s coming soon, in November! Will you join me? You would not be the only one, in 2016 there were 384,126 participants.
In order to facilitate the next month, I began preparing according to what I read in Chris Baty’s guide book (he’s the founder of NaNoWriMo).I know who my primary characters will be and have an idea of how they look and act like for most of them. The action of the first chapters are planned out in my head and I have a few ideas of how the story will end. The middle part will be a surprise for me too! I read that overplanning kills the fun, so I guess that’s enough for now.
I have also gathered some goodies to help with motivation. I bought some special tea (Tealia’s Governor Grey) that I will only drink when I write. Tomorrow is Halloween, so I’ll be keeping the candies left over from what we give to keep me going through the month. Everything should go well, right (naive optimism here)?
It begins tomorrow. My writing desk is ready with notes, goodies and hot drink.
I was able to produce 1605 words of the first day. I am starting to realize how much of a challenge it will be to maintain an average of 1666 words per day. At that pace, in about 2 or 3 days, I’ll have written all the chapters that were clearly organised in my head. I hope new ideas will come to me for the rest of the novel before next week…
I took a day off today and was able to catch up to 10 012 words (and do other things too). I have almost written all the ideas I already had before I started and now I have to try to create the action that takes place between and invent some more. Good for the creativity. It is hard to refrain from going back and improving the first chapters. It’s better not to, otherwise the story will not progress.
Although I am slightly falling behind schedule, I have now crossed the halway mark. It is very satisfying. I am very happy with the form my story is taking. My word record so far for a single day is 5223. At least, I know now that I could finish in 5 days if I really had to.
I’m almost done, but the last three days will be challenging as I have to catch up for the days on which I did not write anything. At least, my story seems to be coming to an end nicely and I am quite proud of the results. I may finish it before reaching 50k words, but I can surely add details and descriptions everywhere to fill the count.
It’s over! I made it. It was not easy because I completed my story with only 46500 words. Then, I had to insert descriptions, a few minor events and even an introduction to the sequel of the story (NaNoWriMo 2018?). It was a very good experience. I am tired, but I am so proud of the result which ended up being far better than I expected. Thanks NaNoWriMo, I am a novelist!
Challenge for YOU
Next Novembre, try the NaNoWriMo challenge!