Holy crap, it’s almost October. This is the reason I avoid lofty New-Year’s-resolution-style goals at the beginning of the year. I am happy to say that I am on pace to meet some of the realistic goals I’ve set for myself. I should exceed my minimum for financial savings this year. My wedding is almost exactly one year away, and we have most of the major plans in place already (thanks mostly to my fiance, but whatever, I helped!).
Other goals have fallen by the wayside, such as my pet project to build this blog into a fully-functioning website (and learning HTML and CSS in the process). Can you guess what else? Old Faithful: writing goals for my novel. The summer doldrums I opined on during what seemed (optimistically) to be the endless season of light and warmth were really more like several-month doldrums.
Every time I sat down to work on my novel, I got trapped in the quagmire of editing and re-editing. I know, I know – no editing until the draft is complete! But I couldn’t help my perfectionist, knit-picking self. I also embarked on a massive overhaul of the structure of the first few chapters, and, after leaving my ideas to simmer in the back of my mind, I have pretty much completed this restructuring and added a few thousand words in the process.
Luckily, National Novel Writing Month is nearly upon us. I will be trying my hand at cramming 50,000 words into 30 days for the second year in a row, and I’m already warming up. I fell short by about half of the minimum word count in 2014, so I’m priming my creative engine this year (and determination).
Pre-NaNo Goal: From now through October 31, I will write 25,000 words, a sort of practice run for writing nearly every day. (I’m already about 4,000 words in!)
NaNo Goal: I will write an additional 50,000 words during the month of November, completing a majority (I think?) of a first draft.
Post-NaNo Goal: I will complete the first draft and reassess the desired length of my manuscript. My initial estimate was a short novel of about 120,000 words. Knowing my propensity for exposition, this could easily balloon to 150,000 — still a short novel, but longer than anticipated. We’ll see how the story plays out as I near the 100,000-word mark.
I’ll keep the collective you updated as I progress. Find me and friend me on NaNo if you like. And happy writing!