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NaNoWriMo is upon us once more! With more friends and family joining us than ever before, Rachael and I and one hundred thousand others[1] around the world are aiming to write 50000 words of a novel within 30 days.

So for the past few weeks I've been making plans for this year's story. (Yes, as people keep asking me, you are allowed to make plans before November as long as you don't write any of the actual novel's words.)

And on Sunday, Rachael and I got back from church, had lunch, and headed for the computers. We each wrote 2700 words yesterday, which was a good start. Of course, it was also a weekend. Today I've been feeling tired, as I often do on Mondays; but I shall force myself to keep writing! (If you're interested, you can see my daily-updated word count here.)

Chris Baty saw right into my head with his Day 1 pep talk. I have been feeling like I'm not sure what the point is in writing another novel, particularly when I've got two from previous years that I want to publish when they're finished, but aren't publically available yet until that point.

But the story idea that struck me in September has been bubbling away, and I've been refining it down. In an effort to avoid the syndrome I've had most previous years, I've cut major plot elements out of this story to try to keep it down to 50000 words (and to keep it focused on the primary story, the one I find most exciting). I think it's still got enough backplot and hidden secrets to make it to 50k – which of course probably means it'll go to at least 70k like my last ones.

But nevertheless! We're off!

[1] Yup, really. That's a lot.



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Nov. 2nd, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
Dammit now I have to write a Bliss Stage novel.

Nov. 2nd, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
Have you guys thought of making your novels available as you write them?

I find reading 50,000 words to be extremely daunting, but I could probably do it a bit at a time.
Nov. 3rd, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)
Chris Baty saw right into my head with his Day 1 pep talk.

Aaah! Me too! Last year was easy in a way because we had a holiday right at the beginning of November and I the first seven days were easy. This year's busy, I haven't done any proper planning, and suckitude beckons. I was considering giving up by the end of Sunday. Nevertheless, *must* carry on, or I'll kick myself later.

Have you guys thought of making your novels available as you write them?

Rob - the only way I can cope with writing a really bad first draft is by knowing that no one will read it until I've revised it properly...
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