I committed myself to doing National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this year just because I wanted to see if I could write at least the first draft of a 75K word novel in a month.
Of course, I didn’t create it all on the fly. I spent a fair amount of time this past year (since the last NaNoWriMo) world building, developing characters, writing back-stories, creating my chapter outlines, etc… just to get ready for it.
Day one came and I started writing. Nineteen days later and I’m at 68k… nearing my goal.
People have told me it’s going to haunt me, that I should just write first and edit later… but I don’t work well that way.
As a consequence, the word count I’m submitting is lower than what I’ve actually written. Then again, I don’t see NaNoWriMo as many do… a race to see who get’s there first. All you need to do to win is to complete your goal, whatever it may be.
But while accomplishing that, I want to try to produce a quality first draft instead of a lot of garbage that might someday down the road be worth submitting for publication.
I’d rather target to have a completed, fully fleshed, completely edited novel I can submit a few months from now.
Besides, I’ve other stories I want to write.