Technically, I could join NaNoWriMo if I really wanted to. What is that, you ask? Check out the link, I’ve got writing to do. 😉
Basically people all over the place ahve decided to write a novel, just a bare bones novel, no editing, no formatting, no nothing but just writing. They started November 1 and have to complete a 50,000 word novel by November 30.
It’s total coincidence that I started writing a novel with no editing, no formatting, no nothing but furious writing what, two days ago? Three? I’ve lost track.
I tweeted that I have over 22,000 words and L^2 commented that I could join NaNoWriMo. I had only just heard about it when I read writing tips on Scott Westerfeld’s blog and figured I was way too late.
According to the website, one can sign up any time so I considered it. However I read through the terms and conditions, yes, people actually do read those, and my paranoia got the better of me. I know I’m being totally silly, but I even worry about using the online word count tool I use, so writing excerpts in the forums and submitting my novel for word count on the forum just kinda makes my skin crawl. Maybe it’s that, or maybe it’s because I would have rather started it along with everyone else, or maybe it’s because I never even set out to do just what NaNoWriMo calls for and the coincidence is just too cool, that’s keeping me from signing up.
Point is, I’m basically doing it and I have ten days to write another over 25,000 words.
I’m thinking I should easily be able to do it since I’ve written what I have in three days. Three days I think. So…here’s to formally committing on my blog that I shall try to attain 50,000 words or more of a complete novel in the form of a zero draft, before the end of November.
It’s really just added incentive, though I don’t really need it. I decided today that my novel will have parts. It just seems to fit. I finished part one today and contemplated going back and starting the editing process, however L^2 and Steve said I should just keep going, so I’ll continue with my zero draft and see about finishing the whole darned thing by the end of November. Whew!
I’ve written a few scenes that were pretty hard to write, scenes that involved emotions in my characters I wasn’t expecting in the slightest. It’s amazing how hard that is to write, since I’m drawing on my own emotion. I’ve realized I have waaaaay too much dialogue, so that’s something I’m trimming a bit as I continue. My, the editing will be fun when the monster is finished. I also did not have a title, so I had just called it, ‘What’s the Title?’. A title presented itself today however, so that makes me happy.
Ok, should be fun doing a post a day here while trying to finish that novel, along with working Jayden and getting ready for the holidays. Weeeee!
PS – Does anyone know, if you title a book the same as the title of a song, and you reference that song in the novel, do you need permission?