Saturday, December 1, 2012

Writing Goal for December

Since, I did not finish my novel in NaNoWriMo, I have set up a new goal for me. I have given myself until February 1, 2013 to complete the 50,000 words originally required. That works out to about 756 words a day.

I really love the novel I am working on. I love my characters and even changed my original story line to accommodate them (more on that after the novel is done). But, I think the pressure of writing 1700+ words a day was ruining the love I had for them. I am hoping with a shorter daily requirement for myself, I can stay true to them and complete them.

I use a phone app called NanoProgress. It can track multiple projects, which I like. It shows current word count, final goal word count, how many words a day are needed and the percentage of completion. It's really good to keep track even after NaNo is over.

I also need to be compiling ideas for books since one of the ideas swimming in my head will be next year's attempt.

For the record, this year's novel is called Never Forget. I will get a summary up later on.

NaNoWriMo was a Failure

This year was my first attempt at NaNoWriMo. And it was a failure. For those who do not know what NaNoWriMo is, it's a challenge every November to write a 50,000 word novel. I got to a little over 7,000 words for my first attempt. I am a very busy person even though I do not work. I do go to college full time for psychology. I do take care of 7 kids full time. So, maybe 7,000 is a success for me.

However, I will use this year's experience to help me next year. This year, I made several mistakes. And I will use these mistakes for next year.

Mistake #1: No Outline
     In fact, I had no clue what I was going to write. I pulled this year's novel out of my list of ideas. I had a basic concept, but nothing of substance. I didn't have a list of characters. I pretty much started from scratch on November 1st.

Mistake #2: No Research
     I had no research done. I had a real life setting in my mind that went with the back story. But, I had done no research to incorporate as much factual information in my novel as possible. I was forever stopping to do the research while writing the novel.

Mistake #3: Time Management
     Writing 1700 words a day isn't really that hard. There were times I was doing that plus some in a day. My problem was finding the time each day to write.

So, with these three basic mistakes in mind, I have already began planning how to succeed at NaNoWriMo next year!