Monday, December 1, 2014
My NaNoWriMo Adventure
Well, the month is over and I'm happy to report that I achieved my NaNoWriMo goal, which was not to write 50,000 words, but instead to begin and complete the first draft for a middle grade novel that's been niggling around my noggin for the past few months. The good news is that I was able to accomplish this while teaching my two college english classes, babysitting several of my favorite babies, and hosting the family Thanksgiving.
Now before you get all snappy and accuse me of becoming an obnoxious braggart, take a deep breath
It also makes you realize stuff about yourself in regards to your writing. I discovered that I'm not writing new material nearly often enough and my goal is to write new stuff at least three days a week. I'm not setting up a word count requirement because sometimes the words flow like a fast river and other times they're more like a heavy object in a slow moving stream of molasses and I refuse to add undue pressure on myself.
The reason for my limiting myself to completing the first draft regardless of length is because I always struggle with the first draft and this one was no different. My newly completed story,
Shadows or Hiding Behind Shadows, is about a 13 year-old-boy dealing with the recent death of his mother as he finds two girls from Mexico hiding on his family's south Texas ranch. Since it's a
open your writing pencils and join me in a year-long writing frenzy.
Come on, join me. I need the company. Dancing by myself is way too lonely.
And remember, no one likes a braggart.
Gabriella Austen Author of sexy novellas
Susan Arscott Author of YA and MG fiction