The first time I tried it, I got to 22,000 words before I realized I had nothing to say.
The next time I tried it, it wasn’t the word count that got me. Instead, it was my workload and any time that could be spent writing, I ended up working.
So this year, i wasn’t even going to attempt it. I mean how ridiculous to think anyone could write a novel in a month. I’ve been working on mine for over a year and just keep rewriting the opening. (I’m on my fourth first chapter!)
But there I was, encouraging StoryStudio students to try Nanowrimo, extolling the virtues of writing with abandon, not worrying where the words were taking you or if they even made sense. In fact, the more time I spent promoting the whole “write a novel in a month” thing, the better it sounded.
October 29 was the decisive factor. It has to do with my hair and Facebook.
You see, I was supposed to get my haircut that day and I thought how nice it would be to take the afternoon off, sit and write at the coffee house by the salon, enjoy the afternoon. And as I fired up the laptop that day I saw a Facebook message from my friend Tim who mentioned some new novel writing software options. After I clicked on that link, I foundStoryist and got so excited with the software that I then had to find a reason to use it.
Then the phone rang and my stylist told me he was ill and had to cancel our appointment. This meant I had found an extra hour or two with nothing planned, I was sitting in a coffee shop, I had my laptop on and had just downloaded trial software to write a novel.
You can see where this is going.
I’ve impressed myself. As of 2:05pm on Thursday, I’ve written 9,208 of the worst words imaginable. But I’m on Chapter Four. I’ve got my character mixing it up with a couple other characters. She’s inherited a house and stormed out of a meeting and just got finished getting yelled at for her actions.
Where I’m going next, I have no idea. But go I will!
This will be Jill’s second official attempt at completing Nanowrimo and since she is busy every weekend in November, she’ll be attempting to complete an average of 2600 words each weekday. Feel free to place your bets.