Call me a masochist if you wish, but I’d like to participate in the NaNoWriMo Challenge more often than just once a year.
The associated website might not accommodate the next challenge until November 2015, but that’s not going to stop me from writing my next novel’s first draft via the same NaNoWriMo-inspired methods before then. Granted, I have more novel ideas in my “to do” folder as it is, but the simple fact is I like to create, so I’m going to create. I don’t care how many new, unattended ideas I have on hold…it’s not like those ideas have an expiration date.
How often will I utilize the NaNoWriMo approach?
As often as I have ideas I want to express and stories I want to tell.
Which means I’ll have plenty of first drafts written by the time November 2015 gets here.
Well…at the very least, it seems like I’m taking all the time in the world on this one.
- I still don’t think my MC has suffered enough in the present tense. His back story has been developed enough to my liking, and some of this past leaks into his current condition in a way that the reader will pick up on, but I still have the sense (especially for the first half of the story) that he’s merely ‘riding the wave of suffering’ because he has no choice, as opposed to making an attempt to navigate his way against the hardships in an attempt to better his situation. Now, this might be a condition of the unique situation he finds himself in (because of someone else’s doing), meaning his reactionary mode (at least at first) makes perfect sense…but I’ll continue to play with it.
- My MC’s primary ‘ally’ is turning out to be a much more complex character than I first anticipated. This is making me exceedingly happy.
- Two of the characters in this story made appearances (to varying degrees and with varying consequences) in my recently completed NaNoWriMo novel.
- My version of a particular theoretical model doesn’t quite match what others might believe the ‘answer’ to be. This makes me exceedingly happy, too.
I originally scheduled this story to be ready for the critique phase by early January 2015. That might still happen.
I’ve already announced that I was a 2014 NaNoWriMo Winner. The next step, of course, is to work on the second draft. Many of my fellow NaNo’ers are attending to that step already. Some will let their story sit for a month or two, allowing the NaNoWriMo-inspired franticness to subside before undertaking part two.
I’m different. I will probably not touch my NaNoWriMo novel again until next year. Late next year.
Here’s why. Because my main character plays college (American rules) football, I want to do a bit more research on the behind-the-scenes workings of that lifestyle. If any University with a major Division I football program would like to work with me on this, I would greatly appreciate it. Of course, the best time to experience this lifestyle would be during the actual season; and, since this season is essentially over (minus bowl games), I would want this immersion to take place during the 2015 season.
Which means the novel probably won’t be ready until 2016.
No biggie. I’ve got plenty to keep me busy until next season.
In my first ever attempt at completing the NaNoWriMo challenge, I got it done with a day to spare!
Officially, my word count crossed the finish line at 50,651, so, technically, I don’t have to write another word if I don’t want to.
But, anyone who knows me knows I do want to…and I will.
I’ll enjoy my success and reflect on my experience for a day or two, then I’ll attend to a few of my other stories. I’ll also share a few more NaNoWriMo-related thoughts. But, for now, simply know that I’m quite pleased with myself.
I haven’t blogged an actual writing progress update in a while. I blame NaNoWriMo.
”Venom Infinitum” (science fiction short story):
For a while now, I would not share the name of this story because I was convinced I would be submitting it to contests that required anonymity-esque separation between the writer and his/her manuscript. Obviously, I’ve changed my mind about those contests. This story has gone through the critiquing gauntlet, and I am just about finished with the revisions. A few more days, I’m thinking.
Unnamed mainstream novel:
I haven’t done much with this story in a while, except for a few stints of research and world building tasks. Once NaNoWriMo is over, I expect to begin writing a few scenes, just to see how the characters get along (or, preferably, don’t get along) with each other.
”All the Time in the World” (science fiction novella):
Yes! I’ve finally brought this story back into the starting lineup! I’ve been letting a few of my ideas simmer in my mind for a while, and I feel I’m now at the point where they make sense…or, at least, they show promise of cooperating. But…as is my usual practice, I have an additional reason for renewing work on this story: a couple of the characters made their way into my NaNoWriMo novel.