It’s National Novel Writing Month, and I have begun the NaNoWriMo challenge, which is to write a book in a month. That’s 50,000 words, or 1,667 per day. Now, I admit that sounds like a lot. On a good day, I’ll write 500 words and on an above par day I’ll write 800. So, that’s basically doubling my best. Seems somewhat impossible when I consider this.
And what of the quality of the writing? I had one NaNo veteran tell me she was never able to actually use much of what she’d written. It was simply too stream of conscious, and the gaping holes were too large to patch up in the revision process.
Someone else advised that if my characters are braiding each other’s hair, I’ve got a problem.
Well, firstly, I’m not much one for plotting out my books in advance. I usually know the first third, and the end, but how the characters achieve it, I’m not yet sure. I am also afraid of choosing a story that I have spend some time with because I don’t want to write it badly — so not one that is too precious.
Where I’ve netted out is a half baked idea that is pretty zany about immortals, foxes and shoplifting ghosts. I know what you’re thinking — Whaaa? Yes, I feel the same way, but a seed can become a much bigger story, something greater. Right? Gads I hope so.
It’s day three, 8pm EST and I have 5,800 words. I’m confident I can at least write another 300 tonight, though 500 would be awesome. In spite of the drive for word count, I’m going to keep reminding myself to stay on track, that I must have well-developed characters, stakes and agency. I can’t make it too easy for my characters, or have the story veer off into predictibility.
They cannot braid each other’s hair.
So, I may be posting excerpts here on flashfifteen.com. If for any reason, simply to stay motivated.
Wish me luck. Off I go …