Wednesday, March 6, 2013

More NaNoWriMo to keep me going

When I say in my sidebar that my novels are powered by NaNoWriMo, I'm not kidding!  I wrote the bulk of the first novel during NaNo 2011, the next (now the third) during Camp NaNoWriMo 2012 and NaNo 2012, and I will be writing the second installment in the series, which I believe will be a novella, during Camp NaNo in April and perhaps July (depending on what I get done in April).

That's right, the Camp NaNoWriMo sessions for 2013 have been announced, and they will be in April and July (last year they were in June and August).  April should be good because I won't yet be on my summer nanny schedule, which has me working more hours than during the school year.  And my birthday is at the end of April, so if I am able to write the whole thing in April (which I'm not sure about yet), I'll essentially be giving myself a novella for my birthday.

One nice feature about Camp NaNo this year is that they are allowing for flexible word count goals -- YOU choose how many words you want to write throughout the month.  I have tentatively chosen 30,000 -- 1k a day -- but that is mainly because I am not sure how long the novella will be.  I do want to try to get it all done in April, or at least close enough that I will keep going and finish it on my own in May, because I think July is too far away to leave the rest until then.

So, before April rolls around, I have some serious work to do.  I have to finish the missing chapter from the nearly-finished novel I am currently working on, and I want to print out the entire first novel and do my revisions, which will involve reading through it all once again so that I can figure out where my missing scenes need to go, and then writing said missing scenes, plus a few other things that I identified to be rewritten way back when.

That is a lot of work to be done in just under a month, especially at the rather molasses-like pace at which I have been moving.  In other words, I need to get my butt into gear!

I am almost done with that missing chapter -- I think my goal will be getting it done this week, so that I can read through the first novel and mark it for revisions early next week.  I think my biggest mistake when I did that before was letting it take too long -- I took weeks to read through it all.  This time I want to do it all in a couple of days, and then start making the revisions to the text immediately when I finish!

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