Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Cliche & Crazy

I am starting a blog right before I start NaNoWriMo to talk about my progress on writing a novel. The idea behind NaNo is that you write a 50,000 word novel in the 30 days of November. If you finish, even though all first drafts stink, you are called a WINNER. So my husband asks, "Why would you want to try to write more than the 50,000 you have already signed up for?" That seems like a fair question, but the problem is I have no answer. It kinda makes me want to put my fists on my hips, stick out my tongue and give him a raspberry. However, slightly more rational side of me is left wondering.

I have participated in NaNo 2 years in a row, but have never won. The first year I pansted it to 25,000ish words. The second year I used bullet points and pushed on to 35,000ish words. So I am thinking that the third time is the charm and I guess I just need to throw another road block in my way. Just kidding, I hope.

The big difference is this year I have plotted things out. I think I have strong characters and know where my plot is heading in advance. Like a map, it is nice for me to know where I am going then I can take the direct route or find a few detours and always be able to get back on course.