I love the idea of National Novel Writing Month. I love the community that comes together in support of each other. I love the madcap dash to write that book now before the idea dissolves into the ether!
I do not love that every November I seem to have huge work commitments that eat up all my spare time and energy. Plus there’s the holidays and I have a large family, so Thanksgiving means either hosting a dozen people for dinner or traveling out of town. This leaves little time for writing.
This year was a little different. I didn’t have huge work projects, but I did have a personal commitment to finish the manuscript of Trust Me, I’m A Lawyer so I could submit it by the end of the month. Because that was my priority, I didn’t sign up for NaNoWriMo this year.
But, somehow, I still managed to write and at the end of November, I had logged 15,087 words. That’s nearly 300 more words than my monthly goal of 14,795. So yay! And I finished the revisions for Trust Me and submitted the full manuscript. Now the waiting…
So what did I write this month? A good chunk, 3,270 words, was rewriting scenes in Trust Me. Another 4,784 was on the first-person WIP that is still untitled. And 7,033 words was an outline for a story that one day, I hope, will be book No. 4 in the Twin Rivers series that begins with Trust Me. This last idea grew out of something that my friend’s ex-husband did several years ago, but when I was recently re-telling the story to someone, I got angry all over again. So I decided to put that energy to good use. It’s been productive and cathartic.
Anyway, I’m now at 136,748 words for the year. My goal was to reach 180,000 words in 2013, and it’s looking very doubtful that I’ll make it.
In the next month, I’m going to do my damnedest to reach my yearly goal, though if I make the 15,000 word goal for the month, I’ll be thrilled. I’ve completed 8 chapters in the first-person WIP and since I have an outline, it’s flowing pretty well. I’m planning to focus on that WIP until the end of the year.
Of course, I’ll be squeezing the writing in between parties, baking, tree-cutting, decorating, gift-wrapping, and all the other fun things that happen this time of year. And with that thought, I think I’ll take a break from the keyboard and start pulling down Christmas decor from the attic.