Wednesday, November 10th, 2004 • 1 Comment on Go Go Writer Girl
Sorry I’ve been kind of quiet the past couple of days. I have some sort of viral thing that’s been going around (according to my doctor, it’ll run it’s course in another week or two), and it has sapped my energy. Plus, I’ve been writing like a crazy woman. I hit the 25,000 word mark tonight—I’m half way to completeing the NaNoWriMo challenge and it’s only November 9th! I can’t imagine writing 50,000 words in a mere eighteen days, but I’m on track to do just that. It would be awesome if I could actually finish the first draft of this novel, which will come in around 75,000-80,000 words, by the end of the month. I think that may be too much to hope for because I’m not sure I can keep up this pace.
I think I’ve already written more words than I did during last year’s National Novel Writing Month and I truly don’t know what to attribute it to. Hopefully whatever it is—luck or motivation or alignment of the planets—will hold for a couple more weeks so I can make my goal.
I have gotten several positive comments both here and in e-mail about my NaNoWriMo project. For those of you who are impressed with my prolific writing ability, don’t be. Trust me guys, I’m not writing the next Pulitzer winner here. Hell, I’m not even writing the next bestseller. At best, I’m hammering out a workable story that will need tremendous amounts of editing to make it anywhere close to submitable, much less saleable.
If I remember correctly, only a couple of people who have completed NaNoWriMo have gone on to sell their NaNoWriMo manuscripts. The odds are not good I will, either. But selling is not the goal right now. The goal is to get the words down—something that is often difficult for me to do because of all sorts of real and imagined obstacles. Even though I know some of what I’m writing is crap, I can fix it once I’ve written it. In fact, of the 2500 or so words I wrote yesterday, I know about half of them will end up being rewritten or deleted. I just wasn’t feeling motivated yesterday. Today I cranked out over 4000 words and most of them were okay. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.
What I really need right now is a writing sale from another source. Nothing motivates me like selling something, so it would be a nice little kick if it happened. Unfortunately, my run of rejections hasn’t broken yet. I know there are a couple of sales coming, but it will most likely be months before I hear anything for sure. By then, NaNoWriMo will be history, at least for this year.
Still, I did meet my goal of completing 25,000 words by November 10th and that’s something to celebrate. Who wants to take me to lunch? Bribery is almost as good a motivator as a sale, you know.