It is the first day of November, and so, today, someone will … begin a new novel with the intention of finishing said novel by the last day of November.
It’s me. I’m someone.
That’s it, that’s the whole post.
I should probably be priming myself to be a little more verbose, huh? Let’s get into it a little bit more.
My NaNoWriMo History
(Some context for the uninitiated: “regular” NaNoWriMo takes place in November with the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel, which averages out to 1,667 words per day. Camp NaNo takes place twice a year, typically in April and July, and you set your own word count goal.)
For some reason in my head it’s been years since I participated in National Novel Writing Month, but according to my profile (feel free to add me as a friend, by the way!) I did NaNo in 2021 and 2019; I did Camp NaNo in April 2020 but skipped November that year. And before that, apparently I did Camp NaNo most years but hadn’t done (November) NaNo since 2014, the first year I have on record with the NaNo site. None of these were “wins” in terms of word count, but some of them were pretty close! (And hey, writing progress is writing progress.)
That said, I think some data may have gotten lost when they merged the NaNo and Camp NaNo sites, or else I messed up my own data somehow. Because I distinctly remember there being at least one year where I won (November) NaNo, and I’m pretty sure I’m not just making that up to make myself feel better.
I’m kind of a traditional NaNo-er, meaning that on November 1st I start a new project with the goal of writing (almost) every day to complete a novel by November 30th.
Though this year I’m giving myself some leniency because adulting is hard: my actual, realistic goal is 5 days of writing per week and a finished project of 20,000 words. Which I guess makes my project more of a novella in its current incarnation, and that’s totally fine.
Honestly, I’m not quite ready to share the details of my current project — it’s been incubating for over a year now, so it’s very near and dear to my heart. All my projects are, of course, but this one especially. All I want to say right now is that I’ve dubbed it “Faerie Tale Project” and, as the title suggests, it has to do with fairy tales.
And, truth be told, that’s really all I’m sure about right now, since I have a lot of ideas but I don’t know what will or won’t end up making it onto the page. While I have some outlines and character cheat sheets and whatnot, I’ve had more success with the “pantser” approach where I let the story come out however it wants, especially in that first draft.
So yeah, that’s where I’m at with NaNo 2022. Now that I’ve officially committed, announced it “to the world” and everything, I should probably go and get started.
- Have you ever done NaNoWriMo? If so, how did it go? If not, would you ever try it?
- Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year?