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My Novel Writing Month

If I had an extra hour, I would write every single day. And hey, actually... I have been doing just that. If I write today, which I am planning to do in just a bit, it will be 6 days in a row. Which is totally unheard of in my adult life. I probably haven't written this many days in a row since I was in high school. It's pretty amazing.

So, what started this? Well, for those few, who don't already know, November is National Novel Writing Month. But let me be clear, I do not do NaNo. I actually hate NaNo. I've always felt offended by the idea of "quantity, not quality" that the project promotes. I don't want even my first draft of a story to be "crap". And I could never start and finish a novel in a month. I just don't work that way. I couldn't work that way. It would upset me too much.

But anyway, I did decide that the idea of a month for novels and novelists was a good idea, so I started off celebrating in 2007 by writing a little every week. Well, that's pretty easy for me now. This year, I've even moved on to usually writing a good 5 to 10 pages a week. Maybe, that still sounds pretty low to other novelists, but trust me... for me, this is amazing. So, what's the next step? Writing a little every day. And so far, I've done it. Even though, one of the days, I only wrote a few paragraphs.

Mostly, I've been working on Dreaming in Shadow. I really want to get that story moving because it's really close to the same number of pages as Miss Masquerade, and I am pretty set on finishing - or at least, publishing - Dreaming in Shadow first. Dreaming in Shadow was the idea I had that made me think, "This will be my first real novel.". I don't want to break that intention, even though I've been really enjoying writing Miss Masquerade lately.

But I'm enjoying writing Dreaming in Shadow, too. I finished a really dark chapter a couple of days ago. It took a lot of of me: it was lengthy and emotional. But I read it over, and I think I did pretty well with it. I also enjoyed writing it, even though it took a lot of time and effort. I can't wait to show it to Jill.

Well, that's all for now... I should start thinking about what I want to work on today. But hey, if you are doing NaNo this year, I wish you lots of luck. Just because I hate NaNo doesn't mean I hate you!


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Nov. 6th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
I was also a little turned off by the idea of "quantity over quality." Then another friend on my flist told me that NaNoWriMo usually holds a massive editing party of sorts for the month of December, which I didn't know. I'm not sure I would ever actually participate; I think in the future I might just use it as an intense motivational tool to catch up on my fics. :P
Nov. 6th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, they do sort of say that what should come out at the end is a rough first-draft, but I take a lot of time and care in completing my first-draft of something. Maybe, some people might say too much time and care... but that should just mean less time spent on editing, right? To each their own, though. Whatever works best.

That's sort of what I'm doing as well. Using the idea to help motivate me in my own way. ^_^ I think that's the best way to go. And now that you've reminded me, I'll have to try to work on some fanfiction this month as well. It will be a nice change of pace.
Nov. 6th, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
Ahah, definitely know what you mean. Good luck! :)
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