I find it hard to believe how long it’s been since I posted on my blog! In my defense, I am participating in NaNoWriMo and have been consumed with writing a novel. This is my first time, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. And since I have only ever written short stories, I wasn’t sure I had a 50,000+ word novel in me. But it seems that I do! I am managing to keep up with the daily word count and am on track to finish on time on Nov 30th or sooner with at least 50,000 words.

It hasn’t been easy at times. The first few days I sat staring at a blank screen with no idea where to start. For the month or so leading up to Nov 1st., I had ideas running through my head so fast I couldn’t keep up with them. But on Nov 1st. they all seemed to have evaporated into the ether somewhere.

Inspiration finally struck as I pulled out research I had done some 20 years ago with the idea of writing a fact-based novel. And the words flowed so fast it was hard for my fingers to keep up with my brain. One thing that is truly difficult for me is there is no editing allowed. We are supposed to just get the words down; editing will come after November. Now I always edit as I go, so I had to restrain myself several times those first few days. The goal here is to get the 50,000 words.

The discipline of writing every day has been good for me; I know now I can do it. I just have to keep up the writing once the official NaNo is over for this year. There are lots of people who are writing, encouraging, and giving pep talks when someone stumbles or feels like giving up. The Facebook community for the local NaNos is awesome!

I originally planned on keeping a daily journal about the ups and downs of this event, but obviously I didn’t. Last weekend, all of my characters were strangely silent, and I didn’t progress very far with the story. I was able to go back and fill in lots of descriptions that I hadn’t done in my hurry to get everything written. Threatening my characters did seem to help, though. Telling them I would kill them off and find characters who would show up when I needed them seemed to do the trick. I know how strange that sounds, but after all, this is not my story, it is the story my characters want to tell.

As of now, I have written 33,039 words, which means I have 16,961 left to write to meet my goal. Too bad I can’t count the words in this blog as part of my total!