Being that it’s the first day of NaNoWriMo, there are probably going to be a ton of blogs about it today and this entire month. So I shall throw my own blog out there to cyberspace.
Confession: I have not written anything for NaNoWriMo yet. I’m not a diehard who starts writing at the stroke of midnight, but kudos to those who do. I write precisely 1,667 words a day – sometimes a little more. On days when I know I’m not going to be around the computer, I’ll write two days’ worth of words in one day. There’s nothing elaborate to my process.
Although this year, I will be doing one thing differently. I’m working on three writing projects at once: NaNoWriMo, the revision of the XIII series, and the revision of STEPHEN. Going straight from writing 1,667 words in my NaNo novel to working on a revision doesn’t work, so I’m going to write for NaNo in the morning and work on revising STEPHEN at night. XIII is a lesser priority since it’s nearly finished anyway, but that’s going to be finalized whenever I can squeeze in a bit of time.
Writing/revising two different projects back to back has never worked for me. I need to give my brain a rest. I was never one of those people who could go directly from one task to another in microseconds. So by giving one project to the morning and another to the night, things may very well work out in a good way.
If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year… good luck! Pace yourself and remember, all first drafts are supposed to suck, so get it down on paper and revise later!