It always seems impossible until it’s done. – Nelson Mandela
This is the almost end of the first week of November. Like many previous Novembers, I am participating in National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo. The organization has been up and running for about twenty years. There are a million Youtube videos and blogs about NaNoWriMo and what it is. The down and dirty rules can be found on nanowrimo.org.
I borrowed that image from the site. I have a personal goal of 10,000 words by next week Friday. Yikes! The overall goal for Nanowrimo is 50,000 words or complete novel by the end of November. Full disclosure I have never won NaNoWriMo. The story I am working on is a romance fantasy. Loosely based on Romeo and Juliet or more to the point, what happens after Romeo and Juliet’s death. This is not historical fiction because, I plan to infuse magic into this story. My research involved looking up the Italian renaissance period and several variations of the Romeo and Juliet story. Yes, folks, the popular Shakespear version is … fanfiction. I have been developing the story for some time and it has been my NaNoWriMo focus for all the time I have entered. My number #1 personal rule is that every word in my word count is new words that are for the story. Some might call me a rebel. Due to circumstances out of my control, I was not able to do a lot of prep work in October. I feel like I am still pantsing it. I find it a little unsettling. However, I am doing it.
One of the most important things about NaNoWriMo is the community. I was able to participate in my first virtual write-in on YouTube. I am usually at work when the physical events happen, then I tend to miss the virtual ones by hours. This time I was able to catch Tamara Woods, by simply subscribing to the NaNoWriMo channel. I didn’t say much. No one commented on the fact that I was writing longhand. I didn’t share what I had written. However, I did write over 300 words in about an hour. I was happy with my progress. I have never really timed myself on how much I can write or type in an hour. This is something I will have to look into. I am pleased with my write-in experience and look forward to catching another one, on time.
The scene got tweaked once I typed it in a word document because no matter how I look at it the word for coffee-table in the renaissance period story is not coffee-table. I am not even 100% sure they had coffee tables in the day rooms or salons etc. This is a research question that will be addressed in editing. Once I have completed this story, there will be changes during the revision period. The story is a romance and I will write about that next week and the fantasy part as well.
This entry is about the feels of starting another NaNoWriMo. I am happy and determined to meet the goals I have set out for myself. I encourage other writers/authors those who participate or not, Go Writer Go!