I know. I must be the only person who procrastinates posting that I won something, especially after posting that I was doing NaNoWriMo but, you know how life can get in the way. When you’re doing NaNo, all the less important things in your life get pushed to the back burner and they’re all waiting in December for you. Christmas is still barrelling toward us and all the social engagements of the season seem to start earlier every year. But I did it. 50,000 words in November and a story with a beginning, middle and end. 50,199 to be exact.
So let’s talk about what I got out of NaNo this year. You know, besides the pile of dirty clothes my son called “Mount Laundry” and yet another novel to revise and revise again and again. The biggest other thing I got is the idea for yet another novel. No, not the one I just finished. Another one dragged me into its story with just three days left in NaNo. I refused it. Told it I couldn’t deal with it now. I was doing NaNo, damn it! But it wouldn’t listen so I wrote down a few things so it would leave me alone. It hasn’t. But I haven’t written anything else down from it. Just writing in my head a lot of the time. I can’t help it. The main character keeps insisting. And he, yes he, dear reader, is quite interesting indeed.
What I’m actually working on is the middle grade novel I’m writing for my kids. It’s hard because there’s so much importance in it since it’s for them. They want to be able to read something I wrote and I want that too. Pressure! So I’ve written and rewritten the darn thing, from different points of view, in different tenses, with different voices. I’ve written at least five huge chunks of this already and then changed it again. But I’m sticking with what I have now. Enough is enough. They’ll be in college before I get it done.
NaNo really does get your creative side moving. That’s good if you have trouble with that. I don’t. I have trouble getting it out the door. I hold on too hard and over-think. NaNo is good for not over-thinking though. At least in the writing part.
So, I’ve done it again. This time I had no doubt I’d get it finished. I’d done it before. I knew it didn’t have to be perfect or even mediocre at this point. It just had to get into the computer. The fact that I got 10,000 words finished by the end of the first weekend, because of a writing trip with my friends to Coley’s Point, made me feel confident. With that kind of a head start, it took the pressure off.
Now to work on getting stuff cleaned up. I think I need NaNoEdMo, or National Novel Editing Month. That’s in March and maybe I’ll consider that come late February. But right now I have to get back to getting my MG book done before the kids are too old to want to read it.