Yes, I am doing Nanowrimo 2013. With an eight week old baby. Am I talking about it more than I’m writing? Yes. Am I on facebook way more than I’m writing? Oh yes. But am I writing? Also yes!
It’s very tough to go from finishing a book to starting a new one. I keep expecting it to be perfect. This book is far, far from perfect. But I like it. I’m coming up with more ideas for it all the time. But, oh, I need to write it. Writing makes the ideas come faster.
You see, when I started writing, I learned of these types of writers: plotters and pantsers. I am a pantser. That means I write by the seat of my pants. Evidently, some people have a hard time pantsing their Nano novel. Not me, man. Every year I start out with a vague concept (except for Bleeder because I didn’t know what the heck I was doing- that concept came as I wrote the first chapter. I should write a post on that sometime) and it arcs pretty nicely toward the end of the middle and ends right at 50,000 words. Of course, then I go back and edit and add and edit and add and edit and add. I’m one of the few writers I know whose subsequent drafts become LONGER than the first!
With that, I need to go feed a baby.
I’ll leave you with a cute picture and a word count.
Word count: 3,875. Not too bad. I think at this point my first year I’d written 500 words. But (silly me) those were 500 words I “really liked!” And I won anyway. I can do this.