My novel sounds like ancient chanting through muffled, stereo speakers. It tastes like warm apple cider tingling the back of your throat as it goes down. It smells like an impending summer storm rolling over the countryside…
Week 1 of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is done and while some hard working writers have completed the goal of 50k words already, there are others who are moving at a leisurely pace. It is a writer’s perogative to what they want to accomplish this month although the goal is very clear – a whooping 50 thousand words by Nov 30th. That is the beauty of the project.
My Week 1 stats
My own week one went better then it ever had in the past. For nearly the entire week I was well ahead of the daily word count goal. I was averaging around 3000 words a day which is a big step up from past years where I just wrote the daily 1667 words. I wanted to keep myself ahead because I knew I was heading to Chicago this past weekend…which, as predicted, is when my word count dropped. I barely wrote anything while I was away in the Windy City. With only about one thousand words pumped out over three days, I had bottled up inspiration that allowed me to pump out enough words to nearly catch up with the daily word count last night (Sunday November 10th) and I plan to exceed the daily count today (Monday November 11th) to try to get myself back on track.
Not only am I writing this novel, but I am still maintaining this blog plus writing for Nerdy But Flirty whenever I can. I feel highly unmotivated after such an enjoyable weekend, but I definitely must push forward. I contribute a lot of my motivation to the NaNoWriMo facebook group. Although I love the forums, I feel the facebook group is more accessible and easy for me, a social media addict, to keep up with. Also, my friend Cheri is doing NaNoWriMo this year which is exciting to have someone else’s progress to follow closely so that I am not entirely focused on my own.
Last but not least, letting go of my inner editor has been surprisingly easy. It has taken eight years, but I realize that this month is not about crafting an amazing story within the first draft. It is more about getting enough words down so that you can chop it all up in a post edit. Everyone will probably edit their novels in December, but I plan to wait till January. I must sit on my novels for awhile before I look back at them. If I look back right after I finish them I will likely trash them…and I really feel that I can finish this novel. I am in love with the story I am telling, which is not something I can ever say I have felt. Sure, I have characters that I have built over the years that I am completely invested in…that I love more then anything. Those characters are not in this story and will probably find their own tale eventually. I have yet to fall in love with all the characters in my current story like I have my absolute best friends from previous works of my own, but I am looking forward to the day I am head over heels for them.