Whoa…whoa..whoa. I know. You’re probably thinking, “NaNoWriMo? What about Pitch Wars?” Don’t worry. I’m definitely very much still involved in Pitch Wars (read about it here), and actually my entry was finalized last night! I’m in the home stretch of making “final” tweaks (well, final before I acquire my future agent who may have some of his or her own suggestions). But, of COURSE I’m still doing NaNoWriMo for the month of November.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with NaNoWriMo, it’s a fun exercise with the online writing community where thousands of people worldwide write 50,000 words in a month. I wrote my first novel, TALES OF THE LANDLOCKED, this way to prove to myself I could do it. Up until that point, I had only written plays, short stories, and journalistic articles because I didn’t think I had the attention span for book writing. Boy, was I wrong! That first NaNoWriMo I realized I write FAST. Like Super Fast.
In fact, I haven’t been able to stop writing books. Since November 2012, I have written four complete novels and intensively revised one and half (the “one” being THE TRUTH ABOUT TWO-SHOES coming up in Pitch Wars). Last NaNoWriMo, I actually knocked out my 50,000 words in a week (That resulted in THE CURED, which is halfway through revisions, but I took a break to write my current book).
Will I write that fast this year? Probably not. It’s true, I do need a break after the intense revisions for Pitch Wars the past two months, but I am dying to write a new book (which I’m teetering between two concepts, though knowing me, I may write them both simultaneously). So, I’ll probably set manageable goals for myself and not worry about it. It’ll just be nice to connect with other writers again and let the creativity fly to distract myself from all the awesome agenting stuff going on as a result of Pitch Wars and querying that will *hopefully* happen next week (EEEEEEK!).
Are you doing NaNoWriMo or considering it? Let me know! I’d love to connect with you and feel free to friend me on the official site. My username is NikkiRobertiMiller.