About a month ago, I signed up for NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. I then immediately wondered what the hell I’d done, whether I’d gone totally crazy. The challenge is to complete 50,000 words of a novel in a month. I knew already that my days would be reduced as I don’t work or write at weekends, which gave me twenty days. I worked out that would be 2,500 words a day, which is doable for me. Still, I panicked. At that point I had a vague idea and a bunch of research for a novel but had yet to sit down and actually start writing it.
So I started planning. I was still planning on the 31st October, so imagine my relief when I finally wrapped up all my planning on that evening, right down to the very last chapter, and the epilogue. The planning will take me way past the 50,000 words, but that’s fine by me. At least now I can work on the novel without worrying about how it’s going to end, because I’ve already sorted that bit out.
So once I’d gotten over the original panic and thinking myself crazy, I actually thought it was a damn good idea for me to sign up for NaNoWriMo. It made me get other projects out of the way beforehand, and shift my priorities so I could work on this book throughout November. It needs writing, I have to write it at some point, so why not use the challenge to spur myself along? I work well with challenges, with deadlines, so I’m pretty sure I can achieve the needed 2.5k a day. Then, at the end of November, I’ll have a big chunk of my novel. And, once I’ve got that far, my hate of things unfinished will make sure I continue writing until I finish the thing. Then, of course, come the revisions, the tweaks, the proofreading and sending out to beta readers. But I don’t mind, because I’ll then have another book to send to a publisher. And hopefully they’ll accept it *bites nails*
But that’s a long way off. I’ll just concentrate on writing the thing for now. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must get back to it. My characters from The Persecution of the Wolves, Matthew and Isaac are waiting for me to carry on their story. I’m having fun so far, and the real action hasn’t really kicked in yet! 😉
So, whatever people think of NaNoWriMo, it’s working for me. I won’t be hitting send on a novel on the 1st December, of course, but I’ll be a huge step closer to that stage, and that’s what matters. I can’t finish another novel until I start one!
Want to keep a track on my progress or “buddy” me – my page is here: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/creativewriter1985
Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over eighty publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include Best Bondage Erotica 2012, 2013 and 2014 and Best Women’s Erotica 2013. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies. She owns Erotica For All, and is book editor for Cliterati. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9