Monday, November 12, 2012

It's National Novel Writing Month...

...and I'm a contender.  For those who haven't heard of Nanowrimo before,
"National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000 word, (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved."

So we're eleven days into it, and technically I'm 'losing' at this point (note the par-level word-count bar which taunts me daily), but the good news is that I'm finishing one of my older, unfinished stories. And that's my actual goal -- just getting one more on the shelf.  According to Nano's rules, unless you start a new story on page one, you're what they call a 'rogue', so yes... I, Ray Veen, have gone 'rogue'.  But that's not so bad either.  Who minds being called a 'rogue'? Really, that just ups my street cred: "Ray Veen -- Writing Rogue".  Almost as cool as 'Ray Veen -- Wordslinger'.  But I digress.

The reasons I'm posting today are two-fold:

  1. To give the thousands of slavering, 'Ray-Veen-obsessed' lurkers out there some idea of where I'm at in my writing.  My official status is thus: cranking out a new project while my last project is out for beta.  Letting it simmer until it's time to do the next round of editing.
  2. Trolling for encouragement.  Because if I lose Nano again this year, it'll be my seventh in a row.
All right, slavering lurkers.  Time to not blow up my comment box.


Jean Davis said...

No losing this year, Mister. No sir, not on my watch. You get back on that keyboard and start typing! (Says the woman who is putting off writing her last 200 words of the day just to keep up.)

Seriously though, you're not far off par yet. A few good days and you'll be caught right back up.

I've done the rogue thing and those were my easiest wins as far as the 'OMG I must force myself to slog through this dren' factor.

I'm having a serious slog of it this year. I've only touched on a few scenes that have lit my creative fire. Most of this year's "novel" can be summed up with one word: Blarg!

Ray Veen said...

Knocked out 3k today. I could probably keep my head above water if it wasn't for the days I can't write. Stupid weekends.

Let me know if you ever have anything else to beta.

Mary O. Paddock said...

Good luck Ray! Nanowrimo is lots of fun.

To be honest with you I've never once met the 50,000 word goal (hit 45,000 once), but I've finished every novel I started while participating. It's a great way to find your momentum.

Lily Cate said...

This is my first year NaNoing. I've gone rogue too, as I'm actually rewriting something I had started a while ago, but which I had set aside do to it just plain sucking.

Best Wishes with lucky #7!

Terri K Rowe said...

I am embarking on NaNoWriMo for the first time this year. I am writing enthusiastically-but am a wee bit behind schedule as well---I am at just around 21,000 words!

Here's hoping we both finish well this month!

Ray Veen said...

Mary -- Excellent point. I mainly use it for the momentum-building aspect too. That, and meeting other local writers. They come out of the woodwork in November.

Lily -- One nice thing about Nano is that fact that they give you permission to work on something that sucks. With the book I'm working on now, it's helped me find my stride, and I now think I can salvage it and make it not suck.

Terri -- Welcome, lady. I'll be coming to check out your blog in like ten seconds.

Ray Veen said...

LILY -- Why the heck can't I find your blog anymore? Did you delete it? Or no, you blocked me, right? Right?