NaNoWrimo and Without a Summer.
I’ve spent the first two days of November in the company of thousands of other writers pounding down words. For a lot of these folks, this is their first attempt to write a novel. Will it be a publishable draft? No. Will it teach a lot about putting your Butt in the Chair and writing? Heck yes.
There are many different reasons for doing National Novel Writing Month. For me, I work better with a deadline.
I also have a soft spot for NaNoWriMo because I wrote the first 50,000 words of Shades of Milk and Honey in the 2006 event. Actually… that’s not quite true. I then cut 20,000 words and wrote forward from there. Remember what I said about not having a publishable draft at the end of the month? That’s not the goal. The goal is to get the story out of your head and on the page so you have something to work with.
I’ve “won” NaNo three times and wrote Glamour in Glass using the same model, though not in November. I basically write the first 2/3 of the novel in a month. Then I stop, reread it to see where I am and adjust my outline as necessary. Then I take about two months to write the remaining 1/3. After that comes the revision phase.
Since it has worked well in the past, I’m also going to write Without a Summer as part of NaNoWriMo. I’m 2.5 chapters and 7550 words into the novel.
How about you? Are you doing NaNo this year? How’s it going?