For those who are not aware, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an annual event spanning the month of November during which participants are challenged to write 50,000 words of a new novel in one month. Not an impossible goal, but still difficult enough to be a significant challenge.
I have participated in NaNoWriMo and its summer counterpart, Camp NaNoWriMo, approximately 5 or 6 times–each time meeting my goal. Unfortunately, I have not continued with any of the pieces I worked on during these events, up until this past summer when I used Camp NaNoWriMo as a tool to increase my total daily writing amount. Now I am pleased to say that I am sitting on a finished first draft of what I feel could be a good science fiction novel once it’s finished. Is it good? The fundamentals are, I think, but in the end this is a first draft and there is a lot of work to be done. First drafts are not supposed to be perfect. They only need to be written–they are a foundation upon which the author can build.
With this in mind, NaNoWriMo is going to be different for me this year. Although my mind is currently being filled with a number of new ideas for novels, most of which happen to be science fiction in one way or another, I will not be writing any of them in November. Instead of my normal 50,000 words I am challenging myself to edit the entire first draft of my novel by the end of November. Therefore, by the end, I will have a second draft and can consider doing more with my manuscript at that point. I do have plans for it, I swear.
Currently, my novel has about 26 chapters. In addition to editing these chapters, and without spoiling anything, I will also be adding what I am calling “interludes”, of which I have 5 planned. This, in my estimation, is doable but still quite challenging considering I also have university work to do, among other things.
Whatever way this turns out…its about time that I renew my focus onto things that I love.