I cannot believe that November has arrived again. I participated in National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) from 2005-2007 (in which I won) and now it is already 2010! I think it is time to take advantage of this time of year again.
I will admit, I am not going to do the tradition start from scratch route. I am on the Chapter 5 in the rewrite of Kin and I need to keep going. If I wrote 50,000 words in Kin, the rewrite would be complete. I am doing my own goal because this Nanowrimo is a great motivator. There is just something about being in over your head with a bunch of strangers. This year my two critique partners from Stone Circle will throw their hats in the ring, too.
There are a three tips that I can give for Nanowrimo. You might have to find your own way, but these have been working for me.
1) Just keep writing. Don't edit. The point of this is to get the words out. You can edit later. Don't like what you wrote and want to start over that paragraph? Space down and start there. Don't delete it. You can delete later. Key point: Write now. Other stuff later.
2) Ever write until you come to a road block? When you come back later, you might still be at a roadblock. To help minimize this from happened, stop at a point where my mind is still working. Write down a few notes for the next day and when you come back, you can just pick up and get more words out.
3) Keeping your daily word count is important. If you know you can't write a day, make sure you distribute the difference somewhere. Maybe you have more time Saturday, or maybe add a few hundred words the rest of the week. Know your goals. I use Google Calendar to record how many words I wrote in that particular day. It is amazing to see how much you can do in one sitting sometimes.
I will share my progress each week on the blog. I really am hoping to have Kin's rewrite complete. If I am lucky, I will have an excerpt to share at the end of this process.
Good luck to all of those that are taking the challenge. If you ever thought of joining in on the fun, there is still time to string some ideas together for the first sit down on November 1st.
Another thing is I want to wish everyone a Happy Hallowe'en! I had a great time last night with my critique group. We have a storm system coming into town and the lights went out. Two of us had horror stories so it really fit the mood when we lit candles to go over our writing. Maybe we will have to make this a yearly thing!