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.
Why do you write? Better yet why did you start to write? My story is one I have told a few times over the years and it is pretty simple.
My husband told a good friend of ours that he felt I wrote well. Of course that was I suspect his way of letting me know since she told me soon after. I mulled it over. That particular year I had surgery on my foot and another surgery within 6 weeks of the first one. Having time I jotted stuff down. My goal was not to be published right away it was to write stories for whenever I had grandchildren they could read the stories or have us read to them.
That was how I started. But why did I continue? Well a writer’s group was starting up at a library near me. And while I was the only non librarian there, there were six of us, they made me feel welcomed and empowered me to continue with my writing in more ways than one.
Writing is like a fever now. And if you are a writer you know what I mean. There are so many ideas in my head that are screaming, “Let us out!” It is part of us and to stop is truly not an option. Everything I see even on a simple venture outside of the house has me thinking of ideas and story lines.
Please don’t give me a prompt books, they are a favorite of mine, for I will have ideas piled up in a bulging notebook of ideas. There is no way I could live long enough to write them all and that is if I stop writing ideas down.
It is a fever. No maybe that is not the right word. But once you have the bug, for whatever reason you started, it is with you and is a part of you like it or not.