My favorite time of year approaches... National Novel Writing Month!
I'll admit, it took me a while to get into NaNoWriMo. I've got a couple of false starts, a few failures and one success under my belt so far. 50,000 words in 30 days works out to 1,667 words per day. That may not sound like much, but it really is. Especially when combined with a full-time job and a life that involves things like laundry, grocery shopping, cooking dinner and doing dishes. Not to mention taking care of a houseful of pets. And a bum shoulder that starts aching if you sit at the keyboard for any length of time, whine whine whine.
But some of my best writing has come from NaNo. I used the time in 2005 to shape the beginning of a contemporary romance set in the theatre industry, and even though I didn't win, I've worked on it since, and I'd say there's about 2/3 of a pretty decent story there that I really am going to finish at some point. I think I only hit about 20K words that year because of my crappy shoulder.
I didn't play again until 2009, when a random idea on November 2 had me signing up and writing. That was the first time I had ever "pantsed" a story, i.e. by the seat of my pants without an outline, just put fingers to keyboard with no idea where I was going. And yeah, a lot of crap came out. My favorite was when I was in the middle of writing this long involved scene with characters I knew were never going to figure into the story as a whole, I just had my main character get up and leave the room, and go to where the story should be. But then, around 10,000 words or so, I knew where it was all going, and then the writing was exhilarating. Kind of like when you're driving aimlessly in your car down side street after side street, then you find that one stoplight that you know is going to lead you back to the highway and civilization. That rush of adrenaline-fueled relief. Yeah. Pantsing is like that.
My 2009 NaNovel is what I'm currently rewriting into something I'd like to try to sell. More about it in subsequent posts, I'm sure.
This year is for fun. Just a silly romance that I have held in my head for a long time that I want to get down on paper for no good reason. It's not to sell, it's not even really for anyone to read but me. Writing as recreation. Like musicians at a jam session.
So I'm in. My username over there is jengee, if anyone out there wants to add me as a writing buddy or just point and laugh at my progress. Just a couple more days till the madness starts!