I’d never heard of NaNoWriMo until probably about this time last year. I remember reading how Hugh Howey was writing Third Shift during November, but I couldn’t figure out why he would cram all that writing into just one month. I kept seeing this nonsense phrase over and over — “NaNoWriMo.” It took me a little while, but once I figured it out, I was intrigued.
Writing a novel had always been a lifetime goal and now I find out that thousands of people write one in A MONTH?! Unfathomable. Incomprehensible. Impossible for me, I thought.
Well, fast forward a few months and I end up starting my first novel. The process took from January to May to finish, but in retrospect, I certainly took a lot of time just putting it off and obsessing over details. The more I wrote over the summer, finishing a few short stories and novellas, I realized I am certainly capable of writing a novel in a month. With November looming, I decided I would write the follow-up to my debut novel this month. I’d written a short synopsis and a bit of a prologue back in July, but completely re-wrote it and started over on November 1.
As of this writing, I have 9,882 words in the bank. I will go over 10K later today. So far, so good.
My first novel was 67,000 words and I anticipate this one will be about the same size — perhaps a little shorter. Since NaNoWriMo has a 50K goal, I am shooting for that right now.
The book is called DEAD SIGHT and will be a direct sequel to DEAD SLEEP. The story continues the fight of Jack and Kristina against her former employers/controllers simply called The Company. Jack has the ability to see into his future and Kristina can die and come back to life thanks to nanobots coursing through her veins. I’m really liking how this one has started and look forward each day to my time to write and add to it.
I got nearly 9,000 written in the first three days knowing there would be some days this week where writing would be a challenge. I suppose that is part of it — writing when you can.
I no longer doubt my ability to finish a novel in a month and instead savor the challenge to do so.
What about you? Anyone else doing NaNoWriMo and want to share?