This year I’ve been taking part in my very first NaNoWriMo. I’ve also been a rebel.
My 50k words are being split between the first novel in the Murder Scripts series (which has been shelved far too long), and four shorter works of fiction.
I expect to hit the 50k word mark today, or tomorrow at the latest. But I won’t stop there. I’m going to continue working on the novel draft until it’s finished (with a goal of 70k words). I’m at 48,523 as of this morning. My hope is to hit 70k by the end of November, but in reality it might stretch into the first week of December. Either way, it’s coming along faster than I could have hoped.
This novel has been a roller coaster ride for me. I started with two chapters and sent the intro to a trusted beta reader. I made a lot of changes based on her feedback, and I loved the results.
Then my hard drive failed and I lost my original file. No problem. I had a backup on a flash drive. But when I tried to pull my file off that flash drive, it was corrupt. Let’s just say that wasn’t my day.
Heartbroken, I shelved the project for a while, knowing I would have to re-revise those first two chapters. Luckily my beta reader still had a copy of the original to send me, so I didn’t have to start completely from scratch. Eventually I did rewrite those two chapters. And again, I loved them far more than the original.
I continued writing. But somewhere along the line I got off course. Things didn’t feel right. It wasn’t the story I outlined (which is fine). But it also wasn’t the story I wanted to write. So I took another break from it.
This year’s NaNoWriMo seemed like the perfect excuse to dust things off and dive back into the book. I scrapped everything but those first two chapters. That’s another reason I guess I’m a NaNo rebel; I didn’t start completely from scratch. It didn’t matter though. It didn’t get in the way of my creative energy. If anything, it helped. Knowing my characters already and what I didn’t want them to turn into made it much easier to get the story I did want to write down in words.
This has been an incredible experience, and that’s coming from someone who never thought they’d take part in an event like this. I’m actually incorporating some of the tools and tactics I’ve picked up into my overall writing and publishing workflow moving forward.
In the end, I’m that much closer to finishing the first draft. And that means after a few more months of revisions, I’ll get this baby off to editors and move forward with the design, cover copy, and all of the other little things that will hopefully get this book in your hands next year. This process is a bigger rush than I ever expected.