Yesterday was the end of week one in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), so I thought it was time or an update for those who’re interested. If you’re just coming across this blog via this post, I announced back in October my intention of participating in NaNoWriMo. So on November 1, I sat down and started writing. A couple of days ago I rounded the corner on 10,000 words and passed 13,000 tonight.
The goal is a finished rough draft of a novel, of 50,000 words or more, by November 30. I’m actually less worried about reaching the 50,000 word goal. Given my tendency for overwriting — occasionally exhibited on this blog, I’ll admit — I think I’ll reach that goal. I usually surpass my daily word goals by 100 or more. I’m more concerned that I’ll get to the end of the month and not have finished the story. Well, we’ll see.
Meanwhile, it’s also getting me out and meeting new people. Tonight I went to a “write-in” near our place. That’s when a group of participants gets together to write, as opposed to writers’ groups where people bring their work to be read and critiqued. It was interesting meeting the other participants — the other novelists — and hearing how it was going for them.
There was a fair amount of chit-chat, and gave general descriptions of our stories.) One hint, there’s nary a blog nor a blogger in mine.) We chatted a bit about what each of us does when we’re not “noveling,” who’s a student, etc. I mentioned my job, and that it involved blogging. Turns out someone there had read my blog. (If she’s readings now, I’d just like to say it was very nice to meet you.)
Anyway, I’ve got about 300 more words to churn out tonight, and I just figured out what happens next. So….