I didn’t do well with Camp NaNoWriMo, and I haven’t been writing nearly at all these last few months, but it is my hope that one sure-fire way to get the wheels spinning and turning again is to buckle down and hit the 50,000 words in a month trail. I spent several weeks plotting last month, preparing in hopes that I could dive in and start writing today without much issue, and so far that strategy seems to be sound. We will see if all that prep-work carries me through the whole month. I’m optimistic, and I’m having fun getting to know these characters and their mindsets.
I’m writing something I’ve never really attempted before: middle-grade fiction. A ghost story, actually. And I’m excited about it. My greatest hope right now is keeping it on track and seeing it through, which is something I’ve been struggling with a lot this last couple years. I’ve been able to write short stories without much issue, but anything longer than 10,000 words seems to be pushing whatever weird boundaries I’ve set in my mind.
I’m off to a strong start, though. Day one and I’ve already met and slightly surpassed the goal that’ll keep me on track if I can maintain it. In order to complete the challenge of 50,000 words in a month, you need to write at least 1,667 words a day, every day. I managed 1,775 words this morning. Not a bad haul for day one. The goal I’ve set for myself at this time is 1,700 words a day. Not much more than the recommended, but sometimes those nice, round numbers are easier to manage for the mathematically challenged.
I am going to try to post regular updates, maybe talk about what I’m learning as I step into a new writing mindset for the first time. Today, I learned that writing from a thirteen year old’s perspective isn’t easy. Thirteen year olds are far more intellectual than we give them credit for, and yet they still have so much to learn about life and interacting with the world around them.
Needless to say, I was very excited this morning to officially meet Heloise Price and her cousin, Reed. I’m hoping to get to know them even better over the next few weeks and enjoy this spooky adventure I have cooked up for them.
Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? If so, I wish you the best of luck, and may the words be ever in your favor! Feel free to comment below and tell me about your NaNoWriMo project. I’m excited to hear about it!