My first novel is officially being edited, and in a few weeks I’ll be able to start sending out queries to agents and publishers.
In the meantime, I have decided to write a sequel. To get me motivated to write the rough draft, I decided to sign up to NaNoWriMo. Great idea, right? Writing 50,000 words in a month sounds easy, if you break it down to 1666 words a day. Unless you miss a day, and it becomes 3332 words the next day, or if you miss two days then it’s 4998 words the next day! Oh god, what have I done?!
Let me know your tips for keeping motivated during NaNoWriMo in the comments section below.
Update 1 Dec 2016
What I’ve learned from doing NaNoWriMo 2016:
-I am a loser. Kidding. I didn’t win, but I have 32,000 words I didn’t have before.
-I shouldn’t work at my actual job during November. It really get’s in the way of writing! As with people. I should avoid all social interaction next November.
-The words that I did pump out were not of the same quality I usually write. However, I did come up with some great ideas by using the old ‘just keep writing’ tactic.
-I now have three storylines that go in opposite directions and I have to figure out the best one to use. *Mashes face on keyboard*
-I can write more than the one thousand words a day I thought I was writing before NaNo.
Overall, I think NaNo was a good experience. It taught me to push through the writers block and more ideas will come. Because I was trying to reach a word count I didn’t delete anything and rewrite, like I usually would, which made the writing pretty messy– but at least I have something to edit!