Wow. In just one week from Sunday, National Novel Writing Month will be upon us. A month-long novelling journey full of fun, craziness, depression, joy, relief, etc. The goal: one 50,000-word novel in 30 days.
I first discovered the event in 2005 when I found Chris Baty’s book, No Plot? No Problem!, in Barnes & Noble. And then I forgot about it until 2006, when I jumped right in and attempted to write a 50k-word novel. I think I only made it to 30k that year. I’ve participated in the worldwide event every year since. (Mostly. I don’t think I should, in all honesty, count these last two years as “participating” when I didn’t even make it to 3,000 words. ack) Only once have I actually reached the 50k-word goal, and that was in 2008, for the ten-year anniversary of NaNoWriMo. (But, hey, a good time to win it!)
Most of the time, I’ve participated as a “pantser”, someone who writes more by the seat of her pants, with very little plotting and planning. I have come to discover that this method isn’t really working for me, as much as I would like it to. This year, I’m going to be a “plotter”. I’ve already started creating characters, but I have very little in the way of actual plot. That will be my goal in this last coming week before November 1.
Two years ago, I attempted to write a cozy mystery, my favorite genre to read here lately. I didn’t get beyond the first chapter. I was attempting to “pants” it that year. Probably not the best idea when writing a mystery. wink wink
So, I’m trying again. Same story, different characters, and an actual plot. And I’ve read that the standard cozy mystery comes in between 50k and 75k. Wish me luck!
What about you?
Are you willing to join me in this crazy novelling adventure? The more, the merrier! Head over to nanowrimo.org and sign up! It’s not too late!