Hello, everyone! First of all, before I say anything else today, I have two thank yous to say. The first is thank you to all the veterans of all branches of the military here in the US. The second is thank you to everyone who read and liked the different poems I posted throughout October. The October Poetry Project was great fun and I had a blast posting content on a more regular basis for you all. Let’s see if next year I can actually post something for every day of the month. Here’s hoping!
Anywho, today’s topic is something that most writers on the internet talk about at some point during November and that is NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. It feels odd to talk about it when we’re a third f the way through, but there we are. Last year was my first year participating and my goal was to write 60 pages of my novel. I failed, though I did produce a good amount of words. For full details on last year’s writing escapades, see here.
This year, I am also participating and also using it as an excuse to work on the same novel. Really original, I know. My goal this time around is to work on something story-related every day. I’ve been revising this book in earnest for about five months now and it’s been great but incredibly slow going, mostly thanks to a major plot restructure I had to do. You’d think that as a former English major I should know now that all good writing is rewriting but for some reason I forgot that and am painfully reminded of all the “why am I doing this” keyboard mashing I put myself through during school. There are times when I miss college, but when I’ve been trying to fix a scene and am exhausted, I thank God that I don’t have to worry about formatting a bibliography or checking to make sure my in-text citations are right. At least with this project, everything is in my head and it’s just a matter of getting it out the right way to tell the story. Which should sound easier, but it’s not.
So far, NaNo has been good to me. I’ve finished a huge chapter that I had been puzzling over for a few weeks, come up with some new scenes, and am continuing to flesh out my characters. I would have thought that, after a year and a half of writing these people’s stories, I would know them completely. But no. That year and a half was just an introduction, it seems. And I can’t wait to get to know them further.
Thanks, as always, for reading my ramblings. Are you participating in NaNo this year? If you are, what is your goal? Have a great day, dearies!