So, we’re on day 15 and how are people’s NaNoWriMos coming along? I’ve hit 40k and you’re probably thinking ‘that’s amazing you’ve nearly finished’ but I don’t feel like that. For me the challenge isn’t getting to 50k in one month it’s completing the first draft of a manuscript from start to finish in one go. It’s writing everyday and using my time efficiently to produce a good first draft in a few short weeks. This, realistically, is what a serious writer needs to try and achieve, especially a writer who has chosen to self publish. The reason is – time is money.
Every self publisher I’ve spoken to advises fellow self-publishers to write another book to boost sales. This is the most effective way to increase sales, better than advertising, better than marketing on social media and better than reviews. The problem is that it takes time to produce the book, to write it, proof-read it and edit it. So for me NaNoWriMo is an experiment to see how quickly I can write that first draft and then it will be how quickly I can edit and proofread the draft into a book of real quality.
Here’s how my Nano journey has been so far:
The first 20k flowed really well. I had it done in a few days, I got into the characters and the exposition. I’m writing in a different genre with some creepy and gothic moments which I loved writing. It was enjoyable and exhilarating.
20-40k was a bit more serious. I had to add in some plot points and action events. I found that the mid-points between actions were difficult to write seamlessly. I also found that characters were beginning to change as I went on, affecting the plot.
At 40k I am now about halfway into my manuscript, which I’ve estimated to be about 80-90k. This is the hardest bit. A few of my characters have changed a little and that means the plot has changed a little too. So now I’m a bit stuck. I’m not afraid to admit that I’m procrastinating and avoiding working on it! Maybe I’ve burned out and need a few days off. Working through the weekend and then intensively before the day job takes it’s toll and perhaps all is needed is either a change of scenery or a break for a few days.
I’m interested to know how other writers feel when they are working on a new project. Do you give yourself a deadline? Do you have a publishing schedule in your mind?
I thought I would be able to turn around a completed book in three months, but now I’m not so sure. That doesn’t mean I’m not feeling positive about the experience, because I really am! This month has produced some of my best ever work and definitely the most interesting characters. I know that once I’m past this sticky point the words will flow again. I also know that a lot of problems can be ironed out in the re-write. I just sometimes feel frustrated that things aren’t going as quickly as I would like!
Stop by and let me know how your nano is going! I’d love to hear from you.