NaNoWriMo is fully under way now. It has been a busy two weeks. Which is why my “weekly” update went completely out the window. I had family visit from out-of-state all last week, so that severely cut into my writing/reading time. Nonetheless, I’ve gotten some writing done, and I still want to update you!
So, first off, I wanted to talk about my novel, as well as my goals for my novel. I’m writing a Young Adult contemporary, with three alternating points of view. My three main POV characters are twins Noelle and Joshua, and Noelle’s best friend Ireland. My story is loosely based on a side character’s story in Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not, and it’s been rattling around in my brain for a couple of years now. The idea (for the ending) came to me at least five or six years ago, but I never had a story to go along with it until I read MHTN.
A basic summary of my characters (plus some basic plot) – Joshua is bisexual, and he and his boyfriend Taylor (who he’s been with in secret, as he’s not “out” yet) have just broken up and decided to explore other options. His particular “other option” that he ends up with is his twin sister’s best friend, Ireland. Noelle, meanwhile is finally getting together with her long-time friend Austin, but she’s exploring what being in and wanting to be in a relationship means for her, as she’s (questioning)-romantic asexual. Austin is an African-American boy who grew up down the street from Noelle and Josh, and he’s also a swimmer who suffers from chronic pain due to a swimming injury. I think that’s all I want to say about it for now, other than I’m really exciting that I’m finally putting this story into words and not just hiding it away in my brain.
Now – on to my GOALS! So, obviously, the point of NaNoWriMo is to put 50,000 words on paper in 30 days. I am, of course, trying to meet this goal, but it’s not one of my huge priorities. This is the first time I’ve tried to write ANYTHING fiction beyond the length of a short story, so I’m using this as an opportunity to really discover and explore my voice as a fiction writer, rather than just as an academic writer. My major goal for this NaNoWriMo beyond that is to get the first 1/3 of my novel done, as that’s the section of my novel that I have really fleshed out. I’m planning on having about 12 chapters in this section, and so far my chapters have been 1500-2500 words, so even if I meet this goal, I most likely won’t hit 50,000 words, and that’s ok. I’m trying not to pressure myself, and force myself to write when I’m not in the mood. I really want to try to enjoy this writing process, and if I’m stressing about hitting the word count, I won’t enjoy it. I also think the 50,000 word-count goal is pretty unrealistic, just because this is one of the busiest times of school for me.
Anyway, now that you know what some of my goals are, where am I now????
Based on the 50,000 word goal, I should be (on day 14) at 23,333 words. Yeah…. That’s not a thing. I’m currently at 10,044 words, so I’m WAYYY behind. I was really proud of myself because I was only one day behind for the first week, but then I basically didn’t write anything for the entire second week while my family was visiting, so now I’m REALLY behind. Again, I’m trying not to stress about this, so while I will still try to catch up as much as possible, I’m not going to pressure myself to finish or write when I’m in the mood to do something else. The fact that I’m writing anything at all is a miracle, so I’m just happy about that. As far as my goal of finishing the first 1/3 of my novel (12 chapters), I’m currently on CH 6, so I’m actually on track in terms of that.
How is your NaNoWriMo novel coming along? What is it about? Have you done NaNoWriMo before? Tell me in the comments! (Sincerely, a newbie who is FREAKING out)