Monday, November 2, 2015

To NaNoWriMo or Not NaNoWriMo? 'Tis The Question...

...many writers were asking ourselves in October. If the answer was yes to National Novel Writing Month you're already on Day 2. You should have written 3,334 plus words. By the end of November you will have attempted to write 50,000 words of new material. You can officially see what NaNoWriMo challenge is about here.

If you're taking the plunge, Go You!!!

I attempted NaNoWriMo in 2009. I wrote 50,000 plus words. Of complete crap. Which is supposed to be okay. All it did was freak me out. But I learned something valuable about my process and what I would do differently if I ever attempted it again. And there's a good chance I might if the stars align and I find myself beginning a project in early November. I would do a lot more prep work. A LOT.

I did go on to publish the project I started in 2009. EXPOSED, my latest romantic suspense, has the same characters, same setting, and that's about it. I put it away for a couple of years while I decided what to do with it. This was still very early on in my writing life and I still had no idea what I was doing. It was only my second manuscript attempt and I could not face the mess. I went back to editing BACKLASH, my first novel. And I'm still learning. Still figuring out what my process looks like.

Here's a little back to my mindset in 2009 which was posted to another blog, The Prairie Chicks Write Romance:

I'm stalling out far more frequently then I was at the beginning of the month. I tried to blame it on knowing my characters better, on having a better sense of what they would or wouldn't do in a situation. But that's malarkey. I'm supposed to be able to write anything, make mistakes, not worry about it. What I am is tired. Tired of coming up with new stuff when I'm chomping at the bit to start revising. But I shall resist and keep working my way towards 50,000 words and November 30th. 

But I'm proud of the story it became. The evolution of the characters. I wanted to create a heroine who wore attitude like armour. Who was stubborn. Who valued success over being liked while still caring about appearances and what people thought of her. For me, that was the paradox that was Kate Logan.

What about you? Do you like a challenge? If you're a writer, what do you think of National Novel Writing Month? If you're a reader, do you enjoy hearing about the writing process?


B.E. Sanderson said...

I enjoy NaNo. The thrill of pushing myself to meet a deadline, slinging words out onto the page as quickly as my brain and fingers allow. But the schedule doesn't always permit it. This year, I'm busy putting a novel into production so it'll be ready to launch on the 24th. I did a mini-NaNo in September to get another book finished. I guess, for me, it's all about sitting my buns down and getting the work done when I'd easily go do something else. It's about making a commitment and keeping it.

And I always enjoy reading about other writer's processes. We're all so different, and that's awesome. =o)

jblynn said...

I love that you used "malarkey". It's one of my favorite moods.

I think that for some people the challenge and sense of community is really helpful.

Personally, I'm not signed up this year.

I love that you were finally able to pull EXPOSED from your 2009 project!!

Silver James said...

I do NaNo every year and more than a few of the books have been published. It helped me define my process. It taught me to "just write" and not look back until I hit the end. Otherwise, I stall out and edit to death with no forward movement.

I'm doing it this year because I have a Nov. 30th deadline on a 55K novel. Yikes. I need to get busy!

Karyn Good said...

B.E., I love hearing about the process of others, too. Hope the launching of your latest novel is going smoothly so it's all ready to be amazing on the 24th!

JB, we host month-long writing challenges within my writing group 2 or 3 times a years. I love writing with a flock.

Silver, good luck this November!! May inspiration be your constant companion and may the words flow.

Aisyah Putri Setiawan said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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