Monday, November 2, 2009

National Novel Writing Month

The frenzy has begun. November is National Novel Writing Month, fondly known as NaNoWriMo. Are you a participant? I know my friend over at FinnyKnits is also typing her little fingers off this month.

Source: NaNoWriMo

I’m officially a participant this year, my first NaNoWriMo effort. In 2008, 119,301 erstwhile novelists produced 1.6 billion written words. The goal is to reach 50,000 words beginning Nov. 1 and ending at midnight on Nov. 30. Only 18.2% of the 2008 contestants achieved the word count goal. I plan to be one of the success stories for 2009.

Source: NaNo Calendars 2009

A calendar download from the NaNoWriMo forum now serves as my desktop theme to give me inspiration. To reach the golden 50,000 word count, it’s suggested we write 1,670 words per day. Today, the goal is to achieve 3,340 words. Nov. 2's inspiration note says “Get Ahead Early for a Buffer” and I took that to heart. My word count for yesterday was 4,298—so I’ve definitely built in a buffer right from the start. You never know when life will keep you from working on your novel. Today so my count will go even higher. As long as I keep pushing on, winning is a strong possibility.

So, what am I writing? A mystery. Folding the Edges Just So is my working title but will probably be changed later


Sometimes what you seek results in an unexpected nightmare. This is the tale of a woman who discovers a body as well as herself when pursuing a heretofore innocuous hobby.


Sometimes what you seek turns out to be a true treasure. Sometimes what you find is a dead body tucked inconsequently in the bushes. The disposition of bodies is not generally on one’s mind when following a map and clues during a letterboxing outing.

That’s my news for now. I’m off to do my morning 3-mile walk, laundry, my housework, a sewing project, and then I’m going back to writing about the mysterious adventures of my novel’s protagonist, Kate Cameron.


Lorrie said...

Congratulations on beginning NaNoWriMo with such a great start! I did the challenge in 2006 and completed it. The draft is still sitting on my computer and I think about it once in awhile. Maybe when I'm finished my studies I'll return to it. The characters won't leave me alone.
Finishing is a great accomplishment, one to be proud of. You will do it, one word at a time.


Thimbleanna said...

Oooooh, very intriguing! I hope you didn't find a body on your daily trek? Or maybe you did and that's where the idea for your project was born???

Julie Bou├ęsso said...

Great effort, June! I am breathless just READING about your morning chores alone! A 3 mile walk? EVERY morning? My oh my! :-) Cheers, Julie

FinnyKnits said...

Your day sounds utterly fulfilling - enjoy the whole writing process and I'll keep an eye on your count as inspiration. So far, I'm 1700 or so words in.


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It sounds like it will be a remarkable achievement when you complete your novel in just one month, June! I like your theme. Mysteries are fun to read. Good luck!

Kristie said...

Wow, go you, June! Can't wait to read your mystery!

CitricSugar said...

Best of luck with the challenge! I should really try to get involved...

And I LOVED your synopsis - "heretofore innocuous hobby" - can't wait!

mdeals said...

November challenge..

Diane Schuller said...

Bravo, good for you June. I don't write anymore except for my weekly environment column but this used to be such an annual tradition. Your synopsis sounds so original. Keep going -- it gets very tiring as the month rolls along!! You go girl!

Storybook Woods said...

Wow, will you still talk to us when you are famouse xoxoxo Clarice

shenry said...

You go, girl! I'm so impressed... oh... maybe I should wait until 11/30 to be impressed. Nah. I'll be impressed now; I mean, you are going to do it and that's awesome. Good luck fitting it in with all the walking, chores, and other hobbies.

Bridgett said...

I really need to sign up and do this.

I signed up in 2007, and never even got started due some deaths in the family.

I'll make next year my year and spend time getting my characters, their relationships to each other, and my outline together the rest of this year.

Good luck!