Six days into November and I’m already behind in my NaNoWriMo word count. For those of you participating, you know how many words you SHOULD have today. For the casual observer, participants of National Novel Writing Month should have amassed approximately 10,000 words in the past five days. If you aren’t quite there, don’t worry. If you’re past that … I’m jealous!
If you’re stuck, be sure to check your NaNo Mail for pep-talks from authors. If those don’t help, try browsing or posting in the forums on nanowrimo.org. There are so many resources out there ready to help you this month.
My biggest issue has been sustaining a story. Finally, after struggling through two failed attempts last year and an ongoing fear of writing commitment, I have decided to write a series of short stories with a central theme. For those of you with a similar issue, I suggest writing short stories as well. If you’d really like to stick closely to the classic novel, however, tips from the Reaching 50,000 forum could get you there.
Having a writing buddy helps, too. I met mine at the Kickoff Party this year. If you didn’t get a chance to meet someone at the kickoff, there is another event taking place on the 19th of November: “Getting into Print: Understanding Publishing Options.” It’s at 7:00 pm in the Levenson Room at the Portsmouth Public Library. Deidre Randall, publisher and owner of Peter E. Randall Publisher in Portsmouth, NH will be putting on the workshop.
If you have more questions about NaNoWriMo, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy NaNoWriMo, and May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor! (Because writing 50,000 words in a month is kind of like volunteering as a tribute, right? Remember, we DID sign up for this.)
-Stacia Oparowski, Technical Services, Portsmouth Public Library.