This year, I have shunned the traditional NaNoWriMo. I have turned up my nose at the traditional National Novel Writing Month and decided that I was too good for writing, and my life is now dedicated to rewriting. That's right, my November isn't going to be dedicated to writing amazing new worlds with characters that are dear to my heart, and telling about all the hilarious shenanigans they get into... No, my month will consist of this:
Me: *narrowing my eyes at words on the screen* Who even wrote this? What kind of person would do this? They stupid. Oh wait... *stares at never ending pages and pages of rewriting*
I am editing a hard-copy of my manuscript right now. For the first couple pages, I was just so bored and tired of looking for holes in the plot and looking at characters, and I WAS SO DONE ALREADY. Then I decided to look at it from a different perspective. I let go of my perfectionist, colorless critic and gave way to my inner marker wielding editor who knew the novel could be better if I just did *this*. I've started having fun tearing apart my novel and making whatever comments I want as I go.
|"Where is he going? What is he hiding? Why is he leaving? |
Is he harboring secret cake? Waffles? A dead body?"
|"Sass" is basically the best thing I can note...|
|Sometimes I just need a pat on the back.|
|Forcing myself to doodle when I get stressed |
or annoyed with my novel.
|IT'S TRUE THO|
|Appreciating good characters, one scribble at a time.|
|"Wouldn't they be all refined and posh? #pinkieshigh "|
|Everyone knows, the higher your pinkies are, the fancier you become.|
|Literally me trying to get my characters to do what I want...|
|"What is this oh-so-important, life altering parchment? A cookie recipe? |
Because #relatable "
Just so I don't forget to cry later...
I have 5 other novels to edit.
Before the Glass: 82,000
The Extraordinarys: 50,000
War Games: 51,000
Beyond the Glass: 61,000
The Sky and I: 25,000-ish
All of that is waiting to be edited...
Since I am doing NaNoWriMo, I am going to be taking part in all of the bloggy NaNo events and tags because I don't like to be left out, and GOSH DARNIT, MY MOM SAID I HAVE TO BE INCLUDED. So there.
This month -- because of NaNoWriMo, other commitments, and the amount of times I hear myself say "I have no time for anything" -- I am deciding to take a step back from blogging. All I'm going to post is NaNo related stuff. Do not be alarmed when I am not posting every 4 or 5 days. I have not been held hostage or started a career in hermit-ism, I'm simply taking a break.
This is my third year doing NaNoWriMo, and I am confident that I can conquer it once more.
Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? Do you have any tips on how to edit 6 books at once? Do you have any tips on how to maintain any shreds of sanity? (Jk, we're way past that. There is no hope for me now.)