NaNoWriMo, in the event you haven’t heard of it, is a yearly write-a-thon held in November. Or, as it’s stated on the official National Novel Writing Month website, it’s Thirty Days and Nights of Literary Abandon! The goal, write 50,000 words in one month.
Last year I figured this year I’d try it. Well, this year appeared out of nowhere and my brain, just like the meatball in the childhood song, rolled off the table and onto the floor. So no NaNo for me.
However, I do know quite a few folks who picked up the gauntlet and are staring that challenge in the face, so a big shout out to them. You guys are my heroes (says she who plunked out a mere 750 words last night for the first time in . . . weeks?!!?).
I’ve jumped back into First Draft mode. *shudder* BD&L part duex is open in Scrivener and beginning to take shape. I’ve already run into two issues. One: I just realized this morning, my timeline is totally out of whack and needs to be fixed. How, becomes the issue. Two: I’d forgotten how painfully hard first drafts are. They suck. Seriously. And that’s okay, they should. The first draft is all about getting the words down, the bare bones of the story duct taped together. The time to edit, to fight for the perfect word or round out that awesome prose, is not now.
I’m bad at that. I suffer from terminal rewriteritis. Will power. Must. Find. Will. Power.
And dark chocolate Snickers. Yeah, those help.
BD&L part one is once again making the agent rounds. I checked Harper Voyager’s site and they recieved over 4,500 submissions during their open period. Wow. Wouldn’t it be something to make that cut? They’re going to try and get back to folks they’re interested in within three months. I’ll keep the dream in the back of my head and try not to think about it until January.