Write a novel in a MonthWriting a novel in a month
That'?s what happens when I try to compose a novel in 30 orgasms.
Since I wrote my first poor poetry at the tender ages of 18, I wanted to compose a novel. I introduced myself as the tragic Stephen King freak I am, as a horrific-author. Stage 1: Have some of your story titles posted in different journals. Stage 4: I am called "the British Stephen King" by reviewers.
STEPHEN KING calls me and asks me to come to the States to see him, take me to Maine to fish and tell me how much he is excited about my letter and how he sees great things in my futur. I haven't published any fiction yet (bestsellers or others), and if Stephen knows something about me, it's just an incidental notice that appears on his Twitter feeder (whenever I twitter excitingly about one of his new titles and tell him in the faint expectation that he will see it).
I' ve composed some of my own shorts (I won a month-to-month contest with one on a website named Spinetinglers in 2012) and I did write a novel a few years ago, but after I sent it to 35 literature operatives and got no affirmative answers, I haven't done much with it since.
Then in October, I hear about National Novel Monthriting. Not much I knew about it then, but looking for a way back into imaginative typing and in a final effort to realize my dreams of becoming BFFs with Stephen King, I chose to try it.
The National Novel Writing Month? National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) is all about writing 50,000 words in 30 working nights. Register on the website, add your words, get your badge on the way and get the chance to participate in community activities or get in touch with other authors.
On its most fundamental layer, it is a way to motivate authors to do a large part of typing in a relatively brief period of timeframe, but it is also a forum for network and a resource for guidance and inspiration. I knew that the first thing I needed to do in a whole months was to have a rough picture of what I was going to do.
As I was writing my first novel, I had some thoughts about where he was going and what the final would be, but for the most part I felt the detail as I went along. Begun as a novel that was almost a separate storyline, and then I resolved to extend it by adding a second part.
But I averaged through about 500-600 words a full year and the whole thing probably took the best part of a year. In order to spell 50,000 words in 30 working hours, I needed an approximate of 1667 words a full working-day, which meant that I really needed to take my hand out and try to devote less of my life to fighting over little storylines and chain-drinking pots of coffee and actually doing some fucking crying.
In a fictionalized adaptation of Dartmoor (a Southwest England country park), I had an original novel in mind where I wandered during my schooldays - a kind of fright and coming-of-age dealing with a small line-up of personalities and two different time lines that run through the narrative (I now know how wince-inducing closely that sounded like a fistful of different royal novels),
Here is the storyline concept I came up with: Five 12-year-old guys and an grown-up go on a hiking week-end through a fantastic Dartmoor in 2002, and terrible things begin to come to pass. So, on the last of October, I scheduled the novel. So, I made the decision to divide the 2002 tale into five parts (each from a different character's point of view, which would allow me to create different sounds and have a little more fun), and I resolved to weave them into the 2015 tale.
I won't go into a detailled daily break down of how the whole thing has developed (nobody wants that), but when I worked all months, I noted down some of the "ups and downs". Thought if I had a good started today, I could be less blamed if I didn't finish as much as I should next weeks.
And all that Sunday sentiments have been superseded by the wicked, twilight realization that I have 43,700 more words to speak in less than four bloodied wards. Thing is, it's simple enough to make the 1667 term mean on a week-end date (or even surpass it), but it's much more difficult to arouse the same excitement at 5:30 a.m. before work on a workday.
Alternatively at 19:30 after work (where I write most of my day). I have written 1176 words in the three workdays since Sunday and I am worried that I will not reach the 50,000th. I missed the number of words on a regular basis and after a few weeks I was able to withdraw things a little.
I' m beginning to realize that this could be my policy for the remainder of the month: write as much as I can to do the work during the weeks, and then do everything to make up for it on the weekend. After spending the whole weeks feelin' really bad about the whole thing, I actually feel okay again.
Stephen King, who according to his On Writing spits out at least 2000 words a days, couldn't smell it. Today they sent me a quotation from the writer Stephanie Perkins, one of the not insignificant writers who made her NaNoWriMo novel into a work.
The last weekends of my letter put me a bit in front of the bend and I was able to keep a constant speed during the fortnight. I have now passed the 25,000 words level that took me half way and earned me my third NaNoWriMo patch. I' ve started to flatten out and my confidence is returning to follow me.
Thing with trying to sticking to an average vocabulary counting, I begin to realize that is as simple as it can be to start shooting ahead if you have a good tag, it's just as simple to drop back if you end up missing a tag or you have a few sluggish ones in a row. It' s just as simple as that.
I' ve hardly done a letter this weeks, and my chart looks very sorry as a consequence. I' ve got a whole end of the month's end and I've been keeping it fairly vacant. But I know from my past best weekends that I can type over 12,000 words in two working day if I really go at it, so provided I can hobble up to at least 38,000 words by Saturday, I should be able to make it with my final bump.
When I was dragging myself over the 50,000-word threshold today, I was really, really prepared to quit. It is possible to write over 6000 words in a single working days, but it is also exhausting, and the most important thing I felt when I had the last one counted this evening was relievemento. It' also a funny sensation, because although I got the last little bit of little red insignia to say that I won, I haven't completed my novel yet.
I counted the phrase. Well, at least the first move is clear - finishing the novel. There is no more encouraging in the shape of insignia or a verb counter chart, but I am optimistic that I will still make it. I' ve come too far not to go on to the end, and besides - when Stephen King read this and gives me a line, I' m going to need something to show him, right?
I will try to sand down the last 10,000 words in the first half of December, and then I will at least let the novel go for a whole months before looking at it again. I am conscious that this whole thing has turned into a rather fickle bankroll, but I thought it would be nice to finish a few things that have learned me the whole experiment of writing a novel in a whole months time.....
If I hadn't planned the novel half a full week in late October, I don't think I would have made it up to 50,000 words. I' ve gone off-road a few easy ways with my map (especially when it came to the number of words I had forecast for each section), but I still found it essential in the long run.
If it' s just a few hundred words, you'll still be feeling better if you keep progressing towards your final objective (and every single word you write will help you keep the whole thing in your head). I' ve been missing a few lost working hours here and there, and when it came to desperately trying to write on the weekend to make up the lost hours, I was sorry.
When you get a raw deal or get behind, you can think of the words on another date. Be it getting up early and working at the same hour every mornings, lunchtime or weekend, I think some kind of routines work.
At first I had no plan, but after a whole weeks or so I found that typing big blocks at the weekends (and making things tick during the week) was the best thing for me. Hell, even Stephen King tossed his script for Carrie at one point in the trash (his woman Tabatha apparently was fishing it out for him, and if she hadn't done that and he hadn't adhered with him then who knows where we would be now).
lf your novel goes bad for any at all. But if you stay behind the counting, keep going, whether you end November with 50,000 or 20,000 words in the bench, it's still better than no words at all.
However strenuous and annoying the whole thing can sometimes be, it is also a good way to start a novel and motivate yourself to write most of the design.