This month I’ve been giving Nanowrimo a third try. Well, that’s not really true seeing as I’m attempting the brand new CAMP NANOWRIMO, which is like the original Nanowrimo but in July and a separate one in August. And it has a whole summer camp theme.
Things I’ve learned about my writing from previous Nanowrimo years is that:
1. Writing a novel is a LOT harder than writing a short story.
2. I’m better at short stories
3. Seat-of-my-pants writing lends VERY bad results from my brain.
My first Nanowrimo novel was suitably horrendous. A seat-of-my-pants romance novel that had no plot and only one clearly defined character which I abandoned after 10 000 words. Which reminds me of another thing I learned.
4. I am very, VERY bad at writing romance. I haven’t attempted it since.
Although, to be fair I only discovered Nano two days before the final day. So I didn’t have that much time.
My next try at Nanowrimo resulted in 5 000 words during the month. Much worse than the first time, but it lent better quality writing. I actually continued working on it afterwards and it is about a third to three-quarters done. Not counting all the strings that hold it together, which I most likely haven’t written yet. I learned something else from this.
5. A novel, unlike a short story, needs to have a clearly defined path from point A to B, or you’ll end up with rubbish.
So, that novel’s going to need a lot of editing and rewriting once I actually finish writing it. Maybe.
Finally, the novel I’m working on now. It’s coming along better than the others, I’m about half way done. Unfortunately, I lost motivation last week and am now 10 000 words behind. It has a defined route, but I need to work out the stepping blocks. Some of the characters are just hanging around and I need to figure out the details of that brilliant climax! I’m really hope I end up finishing this one, because if I don’t finish it by the end of this month, I doubt I’ll work on it again for at least a year. Yikes.
I’ll post a synopsis for the novel once I’ve written one I’m happy with. Wish me luck! I’ll need it 🙂