I decided to do NaNoWriMo this year. I have done this competition three times and have won three times But I took a break since it is high pace and can be stressful especially if you are odd like me and take it seriously with winning being the only outcome. Writing 50,000 words in one month is crazy and thousands if not millions of people from across the world compete. Some meet in real life while others meet in online events.
One reason why I stopped is with winning three times meant I had three manuscripts that needed me to go over, fix and revise. I had manuscripts that had over 50k words. Those three have still not see the light outside my house for that takes a lot of time to get it in the best shape possible.
So, why try again? Well, first of all bragging rights in a good way. The prizes they give winners are not extravagant but cool. Plus I been working on an idea where the timeline was so messed up with an ending and beginning but little meat to the story line. I decided three days before Nov 1st I would make this project my project for the month. If nothing else it would be in decent shape for revising once the month was over.
To get my words in I do get up an hour to two hours earlier each day. We all know once the day starts life gets busy and the day goes by so fast. Before you know its evening and your words have not added up to the daily suggested words.
Granted my fibro is loving me so much right now, not. But at this pace I should be done, if I can maintain that is, in three weeks instead of four weeks and three days. That is worth it to me. I now just have to convince my body.
My word count as of today is after nine days is: 22,616
Editors are expensive. If you are a writer and have not checked this out I suggest you do to avoid the ticket price shock. When my first draft of my first book was done I was in for a big awakening.
So I had to get creative. Joining a writing group helped as they tore apart my manuscript when it came to past tense, loop holes and a host of other things. But we can’t rely on a group to do all of our editing. Some members think that unfortunately.
There are a few types of editors. You have line editing, copy editing and developmental editing for starters. Each play a role in making one’s manuscript in the best shape it can possible be. For example I am a developmental editor but I still have my line editor and copy editor to go over each manuscript I finish. If you can’t afford these there are ways to still get it done.
English teachers or students, editors who are just starting out, writing groups that do editing and beta readers and writers are some ways you don’t go broke. But it is a necessary evil to get it done. The slush pile that publishers have are incredibly high. They just need one reason to toss it in file 13 and move on to the next manuscript. Getting editors is a good start on helping your work move on to the next stage and perhaps out of the trashcan.
How impress are we with someone being a NY Best Selling author, Newberry Medal Award or any award when it comes to writing? If a person is not a reader by design maybe not. But to those who do read and love it might consider it a pretty cool thing to notice which books get noticed and are considered a good pick up to read. Do we rush to read these books when the news is out? Are these books worthy of us taking the time and money to invest in such novels?
I have found over the years just because a book reaches the NY Times Best Selling list does not mean I am going to love it. That has happened on a couple of occasions. That is when I learned the key word which is selling. They are on the list for how much they sold not how awesome the book was. Granted nothing should be taken away from an author who has the good fortune to have enough books sell to reach this status.
And while I am none of the above I became an Amazon best-selling author. This is something that I keep forgetting to add to my accomplishments. It happened quickly as the book rose to number nine and soon enough it fell. But it occurred and I need to own that. I attended a webinar and that was one of the key points. As a writer we need to own any accomplishments we get regardless how small or big. It is hard to get these awards and we should toot our horn.
To add to this a number of friends keep telling me I can call myself an international writer since a good portion of my books have sold over seas in a number of countries. While I laugh when they tell me this it does get me thinking. Why am I not including these two accomplishments?
Writing a book takes some serious time. The work after that needs to be done after it is done takes so much more time! Getting a book published adds to that. It is not easy so when you manage to get any award we need to include it when we have a chance