Exactly one year ago, I made the decision to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). For those of you who are unfamiliar, November is national novel writing month, with the goal of writing 1,667 words a day for 30 days, ending with 50k words and a complete first draft of a novel in a month.
Many people who choose to participate plan for a month or more beforehand, plotting, outlining, developing characters, etc. Being that I decided the day before to do it, this is what I had planned out to start my novel:
Main character: Cora
Yep, that’s it! I had no outline or characters to go on, I just knew that I wanted the character’s name to be Cora. It was amazing how when I sat down to write, the story just came out. It definitely changed (a lot!) from first to final draft, but I was able to get a story down on the page and ended with 51k words on Nov. 29th, one day early.
My novel was not finished at that point, but I completed the goal for the month. I got busy with my shop literally two days later for the holiday season and was not able to pick my book back up again until February! I ended my first draft around 70k and then let it sit for a month or so and started all over again with the second draft.
I have no doubt that NaNoWriMo is the reason I was able to publish Bake My Day. Without the daily goals, the wonderful writing community, and all of the accountability that comes with participating, I would probably have never seen it through to the end.
That being said, a couple of days ago, I decided to participate in it again this year!!! I wasn’t going to, but I know that it worked for me last year so why not use it again to write book 2? The book I am going to write starting tomorrow was slotted to be book 3, but I am leaning more towards setting the other book 2 aside and making this one book 2.
I’m happy to dive into Maple Falls again and revisit the characters, seeing where life has taken them since Bake My Day! Yes, I know they don’t actually exist, but I think it must be a writer thing 🙂
I will update weekly on my progress and hope to “win” this year again, completing another 50k in 30 days!!