Monday, October 15, 2012
It's that time of year again, when thousands of brave writers get together and hammer out 50k words in the 30 days of November, for National Novel Writing Month.
I've done this for the last six years. I said I wasn't going to do it when, my friend, Turtle invited me to join her. Then three days in I felt left out and joined.
I've made my 50k for the last 3 years. Yeah, it took me three failed years to finally make it, but let me tell you, the high that first time I made it, hours before the deadline - it was a great writing moment. That was 2009, when I wrote "The Box".
In 2010 I wrote "The Eyelet Dove" which is the one I've spent the last year and a half revising, and just recently finished. It's been a long time since I've worked on a series, and my original idea of "The Eyelet Dove" was a standalone. But then I got ideas - I was still in love with the world, see. The ideas have percolated in my mind - some that I hadn't been able to squeeze into the Eyelet Dove, some entirely new. Then a new character appeared, and a couple of the old ones insisted that they had stories of their own to tell.
So the sequel is born and it's being called "Redwing". And that's what I'm letting myself write this year for Nano. For me, Nano is a chance to get caught up in the whirlwind of that push to get stuff done, and get a first draft done. My first drafts tend to be skeletal. Setting description and mood and all those lovely things - they go in when I revise. Nano is about getting the story down so I have something to revise. Can't revise what you haven't written.
So for the writers out there following the Punkettes, how about you? Are you doing it this year? What are you writing? If you'd like, post your screen name so people can friend you. (Mine is Lindenfoxcub.)
Good luck to all participants, and for all those not participating, cheer us on!