It looks like it is that time of the year again, and I haven’t even decided on my novel for this year’s writing contest. I feel that I may end up doing this one by hand, while travelling at sixty miles per hour on a bus, as this year I have a full time job doing web development so this means I get less time for writing. Of course I could do it in the evening, but then I don’t get to burn my own eyes with how terrible my hand writing is. This year the word count will likely be close, but even if I don’t complete my 50,000 challenge, I will be still be grateful that I will end up with a large chunk of a new novel started.
See you in December, and expect a few words wars and sprints, they make writing quickly much more fun, and offer a chance to try ideas that may never have ended up being written otherwise.
EDIT: On a related note, I am disappointed to announce that I didn’t manage to get my first draft of my current medieval by the end of August (its now almost November). I also haven’t yet come up with a title yet. Good news though, is that I have finally got around to resolving the main plot changes to the climax of the story, which means that a few rewritten chapters and general editing and hopefully I will be on my way to completing this eternal project (and then the two sequels I totally haven’t definitely decided whether I’m writing or not). Either way, this is most definitely not a dead project and expect updates on it over the coming weeks (except for the next four weeks because that’s for NaNo).
I have just hit 100k for the total length of my current project: a still untitled medieval fantasy novel. I am still expecting it to be between 120k and 150k for the final word count (probably the higher tier as I’ve still got a lot left to write). Although I have not been able to write something every day for CampNaNoWriMo I am still on track overall. I am also aware that my 25,000 by comparison to last November’s 60,000 is a much lower target, it is still a reasonable challenge to write between 830 and 1000 words each day. Hopefully my next update on this project will finally have a name on it. I hope.
I will be taking part in another round of NaNoWriMo this July. This time more relaxed than the traditional November run and I intend on using the time to progress my upcoming medieval fantasy novel I keep stalling and I aim to be 25,000 words (or how ever many I can handle) better off by the end of the month. At this rate I may well actually be able to finish on time and have my first draft out by the end of summer. If things work to plan I should have the edited final version released by September or October. Just in time for the main NaNoWriMo in November 2014.
National Novel Writers Month (NaNoWriMo) hosted a side-project called Camp NaNoWriMo this April (and another will be held in July). Unlike the one in November which is supposed to have a (relatively) strict structure, the camp version is designed to be more relaxing and has fewer rules and no pre-set word count target. Basically do what you want, when you want. It is open to non-fiction, or particularly appealing to me, is that I can work on an existing project.
In this case I have worked towards extending my upcoming (as yet unnamed) medieval fantasy novel. It would have worked on this anyway, but it’s always fun to know other people are writing at the same time and enjoying the same experience. Having only just recently finished my university dissertation on the 11th, I hadn’t the time to spend the whole month working on it. Unlike November, I didn’t write every day, in fact I didn’t even keep track of my total word count for the month, but words did get written and overall I am still happy about it. I was disappointed to not get a chance to spend the full month working on it, but…
In July (this is from what I’ve read) there will be a repeat of the months events. I intend on spending as much time as I can working on this novel and I still aim to have it finished by the end of summer (because I want to write a new novel in November and because I’ve been working on it for nearly two years now).
Remember: Word sprints are fun, I find they help me progress. Even if the quality at this stage is less than the quantity, it forces the story forwards and can always be re-written later if some of it sucks.
National Poetry Month was another events happening simultaneously in April. I am glad that I took part. Although my aim one day is to complete the challenge of writing 30 poems in 30 says, I was unable to achieve such a feat this year. For similar reason to the above and because it is hard to write that much (the word count would be lower than NaNo but each would be a different thing). Instead I manage to write a grand total of 4, yes four, poems in April. I am grateful as I could have done nothing at all.
As the month of April is about half an hour from closing (where I live) I would like to sum up the month. The cabins are closing for the break but will be shortly opening again soon. There is no reason why writing should be limited to a time and poetry should occur in short bursts on one month a year but these prompts get me through the procrastination stage. Talking of which, did I forget to mention I built a writers’ retreat in minecraft in an idyllic location, surrounded by trees, rivers and lakes away from the bustling metropolis?
NaNoWriMo is the group which helped me write Cells Divided in a month in November. Yesterday they ran an event called NaNoThon, a writing marathon for fiction. I decided to take up the challenge of spending much of the evening writing as much as I could in a couple of hours. Five sprints later I have another chapter for my upcoming medieval fantasy novel, not to mention the two poems I wrote before that. Now one chapter in a day doesn’t sound much and I did it many times during November but having not written more than about 500 words at a time, it is good to know that I am capable to getting back into this project. Now I have completed my studies at university, it is as good a time as any to really get into this novel and complete it before the end of summer (this is my personal deadline).
NaNoSprints taught me one thing, that I am able to write a reasonable amount in a short time and yet still feel happy with the development of the story and the quality of the writing (remind me to say this again in a few months come revision time). Sprints are a good way to get into a project new or old and they are very fun, in fact so fun I might do some of my own. They can last anywhere from five minutes to half an hour, doing several sprints one after another with variant periods is also quite entertaining to see what my word count is at the end. To add to everything, it is always a bonus to use the prompts and dares to my advantage, it only has to be a sentence or two, and if I’m not happy with it come editing I can always take it out again.
If you have writer’s block I personally recommend trying one, come up with your own, set a timer for fifteen minutes right now and see if you can hit 500 words. It’s ok if you can’t, because even if you reach 450, that’s still 450 more words than you have fifteen minutes ago.
(I also apologise if you’ve been doing sprints for years as I’ve only recently found out they are so fun. I guess you can call me a sprints newbie, hence the title.)
My third novel and my entry for NaNoWriMo 2013 is about half way through editing. I will release the paperback and kindle download versions of it in 3-4 weeks, I’ll post more updates nearer the time.
I have reach my 50,000 word target for the challenge, I aim to reach 60,000 by the end of the month.
I will later get the book edited and printed, I will post more details when the book will be available for purchase and download.
I have recently realised that while challenging myself to the annual writers’ challenge of hitting 50,000 in a month, the numbers 1-6-6-6 repeatedly occur.
- 1,666.66 The minimum number of words required every day to complete 50,000 in 3o days (the most obvious).
- 16.66 The number of chapters if I write a minimum of 3,000 words per chapter. 16 X 3000 words + a 17th chapter of 2000 words.
- 16.66 My “average” words per minute, if I write 1,000 words in an hour. (Lower than my actual typing speed because of rests, stopping to think and editing slight changes.)
By the way, apart from this little distraction, I am doing well so far in my challenge and I will post a full post about it when I complete it and one if I make it available in print and kindle.
I intend on writing a NaNoWriMo this November 2013. That’s National Novel Writer’s Month, or to simplify 50,000 in 30 days, that’s 1666 words a day to write a new novel in a short space of time (obviously this doesn’t include rewrites and final edits later).
I am on track for day 1, I hope to write every day and complete this challenge, something I have been wanting to do for five years since I wrote Will to Forgive as a practice half sized one in 2008 and now I have the chance (I hope) to do the full one.
I won’t spoil the plot, but basically I have a rough idea of the story and probably won’t be writing anything of my medieval fantasy novel if I’m working on this challenge, which also means if I succeed my medieval fantasy might not end up being my novel #3, but we’ll see and I can’t predict how long editing will take and I am certainly still going to write the other one at some point.