It is now December, and as you can see from the above banner, I ‘won’ NaNoWriMo. The criteria to do so are simple: write 50,000 words during November. As of November 30th, I had written 104,556 words across 43 chapters on the manuscript of It Ain’t Over…, my first science fiction novel.
However, as with so many things in life, even the simplest tasks can be difficult. As I posted my daily word counts and followed my fellow writers in the organization’s WV–Elsewhere region, I saw many people struggling, and I understood. I can remember periods in my life that whole years would pass without me writing more than a half a chapter. I think my longest-running void was two years, and oddly enough, I’m pretty sure those two years corresponded with a very busy time at my job at the time (i.e. Glenville State College).
The important thing, though, is just to write. If writing a novel–or even a short story (I don’t discriminate)–is what you want to do, set aside some time each day to write. Fifteen minutes. Twenty minutes. Another option is daily word count, and start small. Fifty words. Two-hundred-fifty words. Even a smidgen of progress is still progress, and before you know it, you’ll have a manuscript ready for revision.
Going back to the name of my NaNoWriMo Region, WV–Elsewhere, I always smile when I see it. West Virginia only gets four regions on the NaNoWriMo site: Eastern Panhandle, Elsewhere, Huntington, and Morgantown. Considering my closest neighbors are squirrels, deer, and the occasional coyote, bear, or wolf–with the nearest sidewalk or street light being miles (as in double-digit miles) away–I suppose ‘Elsewhere’ counts as well as anything else. 😛 The thing is, though, I love it here. Sure, I enjoy making jokes “Yeah…I’m definitely elsewhere,” but at the end of the day, I wouldn’t choose to live anywhere else.
Okay. There’s my update on NaNoWriMo 2018. I need to get back to finishing the It Ain’t Over… manuscript and revising Into Vushaar. I would quote Robert Frost and say, “Miles to go before I sleep,” but I think I’ll paraphrase him instead.
Words to write before I sleep…