November is NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month. I'm not sure how it started, I think a bunch of crazy people got together and decided they would try and write a 50,000 word novel in one month, and they asked others to join them.
I'm not participating in NaNoWriMo, but I am frantically writing this month. I have a bet to finish the first draft of my novel by January 1. If I don't, I'll owe someone a very expensive dinner. Last month I did a complete outline of my 25 chapter book and managed to finish writing a prologue (which may or may not stay) and the first 10 chapters. This month, I'm trying to finish another 10 chapters.
My goal is to finish the last five chapters by mid December, and then put the manuscript away till the new year. During the off weeks, I want to make a short webcomic series based in the universe of my book. That will give me some time away from my writing, but keep me in that world. Then in January, I can return to the manuscript with fresh eyes for edits.
That's my plan anyways. I'm putting it on my blog in hopes that it will help hold me accountable. Fighting my inner editor is really tough. I read a chapter to Brooke last week and I realized halfway through that the chapter was complete crap. I wanted to go back and edit it and fix what I knew was wrong, but I don't have time for that right now. I have to keep pounding out the pages until I'm done. I'm a little afraid of what this story is going to look like in January. My outline says it's a great story, but my inner editor begs to differ at times.
That's enough out of me. I know that writers think giving folks a look behind the curtain is fascinating, but it's not. The only people that care are other writers. So thanks for suffering through this post if you're not another writer. I'll be back with some more (relatively) meaningful content later this week.