I was 27,000 words–about halfway through–the first draft of my YA psychological thriller, Untrue Crime, when my friend Kay Lynne Simpson (aka The Nightowl) passed away suddenly. I called it a half-Nanowrimo (like a half marathon) and stopped writing to help the other local fen with Kay’s needs, and then to grieve.
Now it’s six weeks later and I’ve only just re-opened the document.
I started writing back in 1997, when Kay Lynne told me I had to. I’m ashamed to say my first fanfic is still on the net if you know where to look. Then in 2007, I decided to go pro, quickly contracting my first novel, Gym Dandy.
Now it’s 2017 and this is the longest I’ve ever gone without working on a book, either writing or editing. I’ve been doing a wee bit of marketing, but not a heck of a lot of that, either.
So just in time for the holidays, I’m back at it. I’m re-writing the opening. Instead of taking chapter after chapter to get to the main story action as I usually do, it’s now in the very first scene. I’m pretty pleased with it.
Of course that means deleting a bunch of stuff, but tighter writing trumps word count.
So we carry on…
No really. Yesterday was Day 5 and we had to submit our word count to our RWA chapter. I’m at 10,000 words. (10,058 to be exact).
Today I’m a bit thrown by the time change. I actually woke up at 3:00 am, according to my phone. Went to the basement and cleaned up 2 boxes of family stuff that I’d been meaning to go through for years. Scanned a picture of my Dad from the 50s for my cousin Kim.
Now it’s 12:30 and I JUST opened my nano book file. Time for lunch, eh?
Dad, circa 1950s. More info here: http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/freddy-grant-emc/
After a tremendous first 2 days, I’ve been busy the last couple of days and not getting a lot of words in. Yesterday 1200, and today 600. That’s not stellar, but thanks to my early sprint, I’m still ahead of the game.
As this is my first Nano, it’ll be interesting to put it away for a bit and then see how much editing it needs.
In the spirit of Nano, I came across this article on Bustle: (via Passive Guy’s daily publishing news round-up):
8 Best-Selling Books Written During NaNoWriMo That Show You It Can Be Done
I loved several of these books, esp. The Night Circus. Here’s the list if you don’t want to click:
1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
2. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
3. The Beautiful Land by Alan Averill
4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
5. Wool by Hugh Howey
6, 7, and 8. Cinder, Scarlet and Cress by Marissa Meyer
I start my day at dawn in the dog park. Today I dictated the entire next chapter. Then in between appointments and errands, I figured out what I’d meant before autocorrect “corrected” me. I fixed the grammar and punctuation, especially quotation marks. But if I can manage 3600 words a day that way, that’ll take care of days when I get nothing done, like, possibly, tomorrow.
Onward and upward. How’d you do?
Take that, Nano.
Got off to a rocky start by trying to have everything happen at once. But I untangled the threads and arranged them in the correct order–like dominoes–this has to happen in order for this to happen.
Never: this happens, then this, then this.
Always: This happens that leads to that happening, but then this happens… Rinse repeat.
How’d you do?
Tagline: Is it still a crime if you don’t get caught?
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