November is Nanowrimo
National Novel Writing Month–that’s what Nanowrimo stands for. This month, many of my writer friends are buckling down to write their novel in a month. The official goal is 50,000 words, but writers are free to set their own writing goals. Not everyone will meet their goal–November is a difficult month to write in, what with Thanksgiving happening smack in the middle of it and all.
I won’t be officially participating in Nanowrimo, though I have in the past. This year I’m just not quite ready for it. I’ve just finished writing a long, 120,000 word fantasy novel, and I’m in the middle of editing it. That doesn’t mean I haven’t set any writing goals for November. I have.
One: Continue Editing Book One
Editing, I’ve learned, is a never ending process, especially for those writers who aren’t published. The work never ends, and there will always be work needed done on your story. Since I want to try to get this story published and want to shop for agents next spring, I’m trying to get my story as polished as I can get it. Until I see this book on bookshelves in local bookstores, I will probably always be editing it.
Two: Brainstorm and Research Book Two
While I would probably be perfectly happy editing my first book, I do want to start on the sequel. However, there are things I need to do first before I write a single word. One is brainstorm. I’ve got all kinds of ideas, and I need to get them down and organized. I spent a good four to six months on the first story writing in totally the wrong direction. I don’t want to make that mistake again. I want to know where my second story is headed–in general, if not specifically.
I also have some research that needs doing–though I will probably do the research as I need to, instead of all at once. Fantasy writing often necessitates a lot of research, especially when it comes to character and story-world building. My character is going to a totally different place on the other side of the world. I need to decide what I am basing those cities and places on, and research them. For example, I know that these cities are going to have a higher level of technology than what my character is used to, so I will be researching that technology. In this case, an industrial revolution, similar to what you see in many steam punk novels. I’m not familiar with steam punk, so I’ll be research that as well.
Three: Write About 15-20k Words on Book Two
Then finally, I actually want to do some writing. Editing, brainstorming and researching are all well and good, but they’re worthless if I don’t actually work on the story. Since I have so many other things to work on this November, I’ve limited my word count to only 15-20 thousand words. That should get me started, and hopefully by then I’ll know what the rest of the story will be about.
It’s a busy November, but I’m looking forward to it. To all my writer friends, good luck and have fun!