It is almost the middle of November and I have only posted one itty bitty little blog all month. There can be only one excuse for my negligence and that is, of course, that November is national novel writing month….I wasn’t going to participate this year, but then I decided I would.
So I have been knee deep in noveling once again. This year’s novel writing adventure could not be more different than last year’s. Last year was fun and exciting and the words and story just flowed. I had the whole novel written in my head way before November and the challenge was getting it out on the
This year, my novel has been a bit elusive. My characters are sort of developing as I go along but, as the experts at NaNoWriMo will tell you, I have been writing a lot of garbage that will later need to be thrown out or completely re-worked. I know this as I write and it is a little discouraging. I keep moving forward though- slow and painful as it may be at times.
I am just barely making my word count goals each day and I must keep reminding myself that slow and steady is just as good as an all-out sprint to the end. Last year, I “won” (making it to 50,000 words) by November. 17, this year I may make it but if I do, it probably won’t be until the 30th.
My whole life is in a different place this year, what with working part time and juggling *almost* high school level home schooling and being, as I said,
somewhat completely unprepared for the challenge of 50,000 coherent
words of a worthwhile story.
Writing this novel is not all fun and my story this time is full of many more twists and turns than last time. I need to do a whole lot more research to make it make sense too. Still, I am grateful for the experience and that, once again, I am sharing it with my children.
I suspect this year’s effort may never grace the virtual shelves at Amazon.com but the adventure is still worth undertaking (I think!??!?!?!). And who knows? Maybe someday I will work out all the kinks and edit out all the errors and make my story, if not publishable, at least, readable.