Hello Ebi! Hello Family!
As you are likely aware, this month is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Every year a few hundred-thousand people (perhaps more) take it upon themselves to do what some non-writers deem insane – they pound out a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. That’s on average what 1,667 words per day? Depending on your skill level, either you’ll draft the next great novel, fall somewhere in between, or decide at the end that you have no idea what you were thinking. LOL!
Many of my writing compadres have decided to take on this challenge, and I wish them the best of luck!
Today I quoted Octavia E. Butler on Twitter:
“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually, you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”
When I saw the quote, I thought about NaNoWriMo and myself. Would I be willing to create a novel in 30 days? I’m not sure I would. Not everyone is cut from the same writerly cloth. It took me years to finish Amachi’s Hope. I imagine to some that may seem ridiculous. “If you have a fire in your belly and an intense yearning to get your story out, nothing should stop you!” LOL! But life usually has a different plan.
Some writers put themselves on self-imposed deadlines. “I will have this many words/pages written by this time.” I have nothing against a “plotter,” but I am somewhat of a “pantser.” I find it difficult to completely plot out my novel. My characters usually tell me where they want to go and how they want their stories told. I think it’s fair to call myself a “plantser” – I do a little of both.
However, if there is one thing, I am clear about, it is my path to becoming a published author.
- Novel edited [Working on it!]
- Get Amachi’s Hope beta-read [Already have people in mind.]
- Revise draft/ Proofread [Near future]
- Query Time! [I know who I want to query!]
Like some of the NaNoWriMo competitors, do you already know your plans? Have you already written your book, and now you are hip-deep into editing? Perhaps, you have an idea but you haven’t put pen to paper yet? Or maybe, you are querying or decided that self-publishing is your thing?
Drop me a line or two, I would love to hear about your journey!