Sunday, September 26th, 2004 • No Comments on Weekend, What Weekend?
So, my five day stretch at the library is winding down (I know, I know, most people work five days straight. Keep in mind, this is a part-time
job) and I’m off for two whole days! Ohh… freedom. Much to do, though. October 1st writing dealines loom.
Speaking of Ocotber, I need to spend the month clearing my desk (which, now that I’ve swapped to a laptop, means any flat surface that happens to be nearby) of writing stuff so that I can spend November on National Novel Writing Month. As some of you may recall (all four of you who were reading me a year ago- the same four who are still reading me, I guess), I participated in NaNoWriMo last year, in which my goal was to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Alas (there’s that word again), I failed miserably. I started off strong, but my story died somewhere around mid-month and (I think) 20,000 words. Part of the problem was just having too many other things on my plate. Why they picked November as National Novel Writing Month, I’ll never know. Next to December, it’s the busiest month of the year for me (and probably most other people, too). Oh well.
The other thing that doomed me to fail after only a couple of weeks was the fact that I really didn’t know what the hell I was writing. It was supposed to be a young adult novel with some paranormal stuff going on, but it turned into this whiny, weak, go-nowhere train wreck. Hard to write a 50,000 word novel in a month when you hate what you’re writing (not that writing a 50,000 word novel is easy under the best of circumstances). I should have at least made a go at writing an outline so I’d have some sort of path to follow. I also probably shouldn’t have attempted young adult fiction—something I’ve never written before. Live and learn. According to NaNoWriMo’s statistics, 25,500 people signed up to participate and only 3,500 people actually completed their 50,000 words. I was a failure, but I was in good company!
I’m going to jump back into the novel writing game again this November. This time, I’m going into it with an outline. And characters I like. And a plot. I’m going to write something that’s not completely foreign to me. I will be prepared with a story that will sustain me for the month. Which is why October is going to be about getting organized and finishing up other projects. This year,
, I will complete NaNoWriMo.
Aren’t you excited?