I will not be doing NaNoWriMo again this year.
To those that are doing it, I will once again cheer for you from the sidelines.
I set my goals last January, and I am trying to stick to them as well as I can.
At the moment, I am working on my February 2020 goal because that is what has me inspired right now and because I managed to finish my October goal earl. Which happened to be the first draft of Thomas of Claudia. So maybe that means I already finished Nano?
Okay, so not really.
I just can’t complete so much in a month, especially not a month when I am already so busy at work.
Thomas and Claudia’s story is currently only fifty-five thousand words, but it has a beginning, middle and end. I like the characters, but clearly the novel needs more robustness.
Not surprising as that is how I write.
I have given up on trying to do what I am “supposed to” do. I don’t outline. Yes, it means more rewriting. So be it. In my defense, my editor says my first draft is like a very chunky outline. All the pieces are there, but they are stripped down to their bare bones. Not that she has ever seen a first draft, but she has seen how my revisions work. And she knows how spare the third draft she receives from me is. So, instead of paring down and killing my darlings, I tend to start by writing a skeleton draft and layering on from there.
This is what works for me. It may not be the best thing, but it works.
To everyone out there taking on Nano, I wish you well!
I will be writing this year along with you instead of revising as these new characters just won’t hush, but it will be at a much slower pace.
My family thanks you, especially as I need to keep that day job!
And so does my cat.