Today, November 1st, is the beginning of new month, but more importantly, the first day of NaNoWriMo, or, to the rest of the world, National Novel Writing Month. Thirty days in which writers from around the world make the commitment to write 50,000 words in a single month. A most impressive commitment.
This is my second year participating. Last year I revised an existing novel, and wrote 15,000 words of two different novels, and a few short stories. Came in at just over 50,000 words.
That’s a lot of writing. But well worth the effort. This year, I have temporarily laid this novel, my second, to rest, to be resurrected later when I have the feedback from an amazing writer and friend who has offered to mentor me. In the meantime, I will learn all I can, and apply what I have gleaned from this last attempt, and hopefully create a much tighter and more polished third novel.
This new novel began as a short story that has since morphed into not one, not two, but three separate books. The first, the second, and a prequel. Now it just remains to be determined if I can accomplish what I hope to.
Just over 3800 words so far. A good start.
To all my writing compatriots attempting NaNoWriMo … may the words flow freely and may the worlds and people you are seeking to create be amenable to your manipulations.