I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month for the first time. To hit the goal, I need 1667 words a day for 30 days. Right! But I’m in it for the motivation to write as much as I can every day for a month and finish the draft of my novel in progress. Today I rewrote a scene because it was wrong, losing some words in the process. Tomorrow I’ll interview a SWAT leader, then rewrite the scene again. Both rewrites will be a setback to my NaNo word count, but they’ll bring me closer to my goal of a finished (and terrific) fourth Detective Jackson novel. That has to be my priority.
Still, I’m giving this event a serious effort. I write first thing every morning from 5:30 am to 8 am on work days and longer on non-work days. I don’t edit/polish anything, and I don’t look anything up online during that time for fear of being distracted. I just put in placeholders with yellow highlight, knowing I’ll get back to it in the second draft. I’ve logged 7779 words in the first five days, and I feel good about it.
I see this as an opportunity to get into a great writing habit for the winter months, which is my most productive novel writing time. It’s too dark and cold and depressing to do much else, so why not crank out a novel or two? Especially since I tend to get bogged down in freelance work in the summer, then want to spend my free time cycling or gardening. In the fall, I often have a new release, followed by Bouchercon, book signings, etc.
So the writing season has begun, and I’m having a blast. How’s NaNo going for you?