I havIe been away from this post for too long! I do have a good reason, though. I’m taking part in the international phenomenon known as National Novel Writing Month.
What is NaNoWriMo? Pretty self-explanatory, actually. At 12:01 a.m. on November 1, writers round the world take to their keyboards, or notebooks, or scraps of paper (of course you’d need LOTS of scraps of paper) and write for thirty days. By November 30 they will do their dead level best to write at least 50,000 words toward a specific novel.
Today, November 22, I stand at 38,585 words. I’m on page 127 of who knows how many, and I’m having a blast!
I’m not working on my WWII novel this month. I thought about it — but old hands at NaNo strongly advised against that course of action. They pointed out something that I knew to be true but wouldn’t have thought about on my own… They said that you’d be setting yourself up for heartache and frustration if you began writing on something you’d already invested a great deal of time in. You would care too much about your characters. You’d spend too much time asking, “Now, would Mae actually say that? What word might she use instead?”
If you’re trying to write 50,000 words in 30 days, you don’t have time to get hung up on specific words, actions, or even grammar and spelling. I read one person’s best advice: “For the thirty days of NaNoWriMo, there is no backspace key on your keyboard!”
Sooooo hard to do! That inner editor in me is finding it difficult not to backtrack and fix the little problems that I “feel” as soon as I type them.
So now it’s off to write a bit more before I crash for a few hours. I will post the next segment of the WWII novel shortly; after that one, check back after December 1st. I’ll be here. I hope you will be, too.
Happy Thanksgiving to All of You!