I will not be doing NaNoWriMo. I know. Blaspheme.
For those who may not be familiar with this, November in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). As part of the celebration, authors join together and attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days.
No, 50,000 words is not a full novel. Romance novels tend to be around 70,000-85,000 words.
But 50,000 words is A LOT for one month. A LOT. It’s almost 1,700 words a day.
Yeah, a lot.
Many people will tell authors that they *must* participate. That it shows them the pace of a true writer.
Yeah, no. Every writer is different. Every writer’s process is different.
For me, rough drafts are a tiny fraction of the work of creating a finished novel.
To Love a Prince took me fourteen drafts. Yeah, Fourteen. After I discarded two different false starts.
Seducing the Ice Queen was ten drafts. Better, but still a lot more revising that drafting.
And while I still need to figure out how to shrink those number of drafts further and still have a product I am proud of, participating in NaNoWriMo will not get me there.
What it will do is make me stress even more, steal some of the joy of writing from me, and make my family hate my writing.
The after NaNoWriMo, I am still dealing with the unpleasant side effects while trying to get from 50,000 words to the 75,000+ words of a finished romance novel.
It also does nothing to conquer the editing process.
I’m going to posit that following NaNoWriMo might actually make my editing process more intense as I struggle to get the 1,700 words on the page rather than 1,700 words that make some sort of sense.
Yes, most first drafts are dumpster fires. But there’s dumpster fires and then there’s industrial dumpster fires.
None of this means NaNoWriMo doesn’t work for other authors.
Whatever works for each writer is a valid form of writing, even if it means typing while standing on their head, or whatever else they may do.
Some authors swear by working at cafes. Or libraries. Or rainbow fields surrounded by unicorns.
I prefer sitting at my old computer desk or curled up in the recliner with my laptop. I like music but I don’t need it. I prefer my lap to be cat-free, but that isn’t always possible.
I like to write when the kids aren’t awake, but again, not always possible. Sometimes I write on my lunch hour. Sometimes while my daughter is in dance class. I have toyed with the idea of dictation software so I can write in the car.
This is what works for me.
That new story I told you about? I’m over 40k words into it. I am hoping to have this first draft completed by the end of November. Then, it’s back to edits for Knight for Valor.