Pantsing with NaNoWriMo

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Doesn't the title of this post sound like a bunch of nonsense?

Well, if you didn't catch the post script of my last post, you probably don't know that I am participating in a month-long writing event online known as NaNoWriMo, which is a funny way of saying National Novel Writing Month. That's right, a month devoted purely to writing a book at least 50,000 words long.

My participation actually grew out of a recommendation from a former client who happens to be a self-published author. At first, I was skeptical. So I lurked around for awhile.

Then one day a story idea came to me during a dream (cliche, right?), and I started chugging away at it. This was well before NaNoWriMo was slated to start. Since the first day of November, though, I have been flying by the seat of my pants with my storyline, otherwise known as pantsing in the literary world.

I am particularly proud to announce that I have officially written more than 25K words, with is seven thousand more words than my first attempt at a young adult novel, an idea which I trashed more than two years ago. The current storyline I am working on is science fiction. I don't want to share my synopsis just yet, because I am strongly considering using a pen name for my work if I manage to get it published, but I will keep you all updated on that as I go along.

I am also happy to note that I continue to find myself surprised by my main character's journey and eager to write more, which is faring much better than the over-planning that went into my first attempt. I am going to keep pantsing, and hopefully make it to the 50K mark before the end of November. Ideally, I would actually like to make this a 90K manuscript and have it fully edited and revised before I ring in the New Year. Being published in 2013 sounds damn good, especially if I can manage it before my 25th birthday. I'll try not to get ahead of myself, though.

So basically, yay for me! And this is my encouragement to you that if you enjoy creative writing and want something fun to do this November, try starting (and finishing) your own novel. Head over to NaNoWriMo and get started! (And then buddy up with me and channel some Polly Shore while you're at it, buddy!)




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