So I took my first step today (Tuesday). I wrote my first 1,667 words towards a 50,000-word novel. It’s November, National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo.
I’m still kind of working in a state of disbelief that I’m going to do this. The only two manuscripts I’ve written were:
1 – a children’s non-fiction easy-reader with ~1,200 words
2 – my England blog – ~90,000 words that I wrote over the course of 6 months without the intent of making it a book
So I feel clueless about writing a book. Especially a fiction book. But I’m going to do it anyway because…well, why not write one? I have only the fuzziest idea of my plot, but I’m just going to see what happens. If all goes well, I’ll have a horrible train-wreck of a manuscript to straighten out over the next few months. If it all goes poorly, I’ll have a partial horrible train-wreck of a manuscript to finish before I can spend months straightening it out. Either way, I’ll be writing. Hopefully I can win. Just so you know, the definition of winning in NaNoWriMo is completing a 50,000-word manuscript.
I named my main character today, but I can’t remember it now. I remember her first name – Victoria – but I had to look back at the manuscript for her last name – Bennett. Victoria Bennett. She hung up on her Master’s adviser today. He was about to go off on a tangent about a secret society. Her excuse for hanging up was that she was in the basement of a building where there was no cell reception. And she threw away a chunk of brownie that some sugar ants were working on in the History grad students’ common office. Exciting things are happening, right?
Part of me wants to keep writing – I’m on sort of a roll, so why stop? Another part of me wants to hang back – why use all my enthusiasm and inspiration on the first day? Why not save some for day 11? I’ve heard things get weird in week 2. I could get ahead, or I could stop in the middle of a train of thought to ensure I have something to start with tomorrow. After I get dinner cleared away and kids ready for bed, I might crack open the old laptop and work some more, just to see what happens.