Let’s talk about National Novel Writing Month.
It happens every November. The idea is to take the 30 days in November, write every day, hammer out a novel in a month. nanowrimo.org has great resources for support such as message boards, accountability in the form of counters and reminders, and that doesn’t even get into all of the resources available in local, national, and international NaNoWriMo groups, hashtags, and pages available on social media ’round the world.
I attempted NaNoWriMo in 2015 and wound up with a crazy mess that I later just trashed. I had no focus or even a good idea and I didn’t even wind up liking it after a couple of weeks of dedicated writing, so I just ditched it. I regret nothing. I don’t even remember what it was about.
This year, I am using NaNoWriMo for my sprint to finish the second novel in my series. That means I need October to get the first novel revised.
This feels like good pacing to me. NaNoWriMo’s goal is 50,000 words (that’s 1600+ words a day) but I already have 20,000 done on “Super.” “Wonderful” is about a third revised, and I know I have some plot rewriting to do, but more primary details as opposed to major points.
So here are my goals: with one week left in September, I will write another 2000 words this week, revise another 3 chapters in the first manuscript, and then get ready to focus on Manuscript #1 in October and Manuscript #2 in November.
I feel better about my goals just committing them here!
How do you all manage to juggle current projects, revisions, and all of the great new ideas bouncing around in your heads? I need advice!
Have a super week!