Is it the long nights of the season? There is definitely something in the air and it is called NOVEL WRITING. I’m fast & furious as I round the corner on page 250 in my mystery novel-in-progress. It’s still a first draft—solid, but a little sloppy and perhaps a little loopy, too. The change of season has accelerated my progress. It’s write, write, write until THE END.
I began this draft in the spring, took a few weeks off here and there when I was traveling and now it’s a straight shot to the last page. I have a few twists and turns, and very red herrings to spring in the lead up to the conclusion. It won’t be perfect, but it will be done by the end of the year. Then, I’ll let it sit a bit before considering the second draft.
November is National Novel Writing Month and, although I’m not participating, I’m fascinated by the phenomenon of writers racing to the finish line, supporting, nudging, monitoring progress and all aiming for 50,000 words in one month’s time. It’s a cooperative process designed to encourage what is, by its nature, a solo endeavor.
It sounds amazing. It sounds wonderful. And it’s not for me.
The last thing I want is accountability—owing other writers pages by a deadline. My freelance writing is all about cooperation and deadlines. I write fiction without an external voice—or a chorus of voices—urging me on. Fiction, for me, is driven by my internal tempo. Maybe it’s a monster’s rhythm? But it demands that I WRITE and I obey.
That’s why I’m captivated by the idea of NaNoWriMo. The blogosphere is alive with NaNoWriMo (NaNoWriM2015), it’s featured on Facebook and Twitter is all a flutter. It’s like many fantastic adventures and enterprises that I know are not for me. I don’t want to live at the North Pole, ride a camel through the Sahara or take a trip in a submarine, but I do want to hear about all of them.
So if you are in the midst of your NaNoWriMo manuscript, please tell me how it’s going. I think you’re in the middle of an adventure and that always makes a great story!