Saturday, November 15, 2014


        I think I mentioned in a post a veeerry long time ago (perhaps early this year?) that I was thinking about doing NaNoWriMo in November. For those of you that don't know, that's National Novel Writing Month. Where a bunch of crazy people devote a whole month of their lives to pumping out thousands of words a day, and by the time December comes around, they have a novel length draft. Sure, it needs a ton of editing, but the whole point is to get writers writing. So a while ago, I thought 'Hey! That sounds about right for me!' And I resolved to do it once November came around. But when it did, I looked at my schedule and realized I just didn't have the time. Sad, I know. I was really looking forward to getting started on my new book, too. And I found out that my dear friend Aspen and her little sister were doing it as well, and that made me wish even more that I was doing it. But November was looking to be a very busy month for me, what with a bunch of school projects and exams, and goat babies, so I gave up the idea entirely. 
        But then! A friend at church asked me if I was doing NaNo because he was looking for a writing buddy, and I had to tell him no. But then he said that if you sign up with the Young Writers Program you can switch your goal word count to whatever you want, so instead of 50,000 words at the end of the month you can shoot for something else. He was doing 25,000. So that got me thinking again. Since I knew someone here who was doing it, that would make it a little bit better. So ten days late, I started writing. I already had almost 5000 words, but I was 4000 behind. I decided to set my goal at 25,000 - I didn't think I'd be able to manage more than that. I'm doing NaNo, peeps! So I've been turning out 1000 words per day trying to make it up to the daily average line. It's slow going, but I'm getting there. 1000 words might not sound like a whole lot, but I'm writing by hand, so it takes longer to write, and then I have to count. 

        See, I'm catching up! So although I have a half dozen posts sitting in drafts waiting to be finished, my other writing is taking priority right now. Sorry. Anyway, it's been so fun writing this story! I can't tell y'all what it's about yet, but can I just say that I love it? Of course I do! But in reality, it's the first thing I've written where I feel like I really know my characters. To tell the truth, the characters in my previous stories were, well, dry. But these people, they're amazing. They're my friends and I love them. :) Are any of you doing NaNo? If so, how's it going?


1 comment:

  1. !!! So glad you were able to do it too, dearie!! I have been bad and slacked way off on my writing, but I'm feeling encouraged by your post and must start up again!

    Love and Blessings -

    ~ Aspen