I woke up this morning and thought to myself, In just over a week, I’ll have to write 1,667 words a day. Damn.
Although this will be my fifth NaNo, I’m going for my first win. Last year, I deliberately stopped at 35,000 words. At the time, I felt like I was writing so fast that my content was suffering for my word count. After I read Stephen King’s On Writing, however, I learned that he aims for about 2,000 words a day, and that effectively invalidated my argument that 1,667 words is too many. I can easily crank out 1,000 words in an hour, so I don’t know why I don’t.
I discovered that my 2013 NaNo novel, Matchstick Houses, is surprisingly well-written for how frustrated I was with it by the end of November last year. I hope to publish it some time in 2015.
Wednesday night, our NaNo region had the annual meet and greet, hosted by my friend and fellow author, Alexandra Lanc, the municipal liaison for our region. I had a great time; I got to meet with some kindred spirits who work in a library and a writing center and write m/m and fanfiction, respectively. I always enjoy “talking shop,” as it were.
I have yet to put down a single note about this year’s NaNo novel, a piece that I’m referring to as a “YA slash soulmates AU.” My main character does not even have a name yet. I should probably start there.