Helen P and another writing friend, Vikki Thompson, inspired me to sign up for NaNo this year and I am loving it so far. At the time of writing this, on Tuesday evening and five days in, I have just passed the 10,000 words mark.
The novel I am writing is my second one aimed at the women’s contemporary fiction market. The first is currently with a publisher and has, if I was using X factor as an analogy, made the judges’ houses equivalent far. The news should be in about whether they want to publish in January and so I would like a second book ready by then; either as a follow up or as another avenue of submission if the publishers don’t want book 1. In between I have written a YA fantasy novel, which is currently with an NWS reader somewhere out there in the big, wide world.
NaNo’ing has really pushed me to get going with Novel 2 and by the end of the process, at the current rate, I should be about three quarters of the way through. I would rather clean toilets than edit my books, anyway, so I absolutely love the NaNo approach so far. I took a similar approach with the YA book, writing a thousand words a day for three months, but I have almost doubled this quota with NaNo so far.
It’s not only the freedom to just write that I am enjoying , it’s also the way that writing and thinking about plot lines almost constantly has seemed to somehow kick-started my creativity. I was out on a dog walk today, in the rain, and by the time I got home I had written a whole synopsis in my head for a potential crime novel. I might never write it, but just seeing a ‘meals-on-wheels’ driver trying and failing to deliver someone’s lunch inspired an amazingly detailed plot. If you’d told me a year ago that I would be writing or thinking about writing fantasy or crime novels, I wouldn’t have believed you.
So, if you haven’t NaNo’ed or considered NaNo’ing before, I would urge you to sign up next time around. As someone on the NaNo forum I have joined so eloquently put it – we should definitely have November more often!