Writers, have you ever done NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month? A lot of us have. The rule is to try to write a 50000 word novel in November. Some of the problems are that you are discouraged from planning your NaNo novel for more than a week before the start of November, so some writers get stuck. Others of us come to regard the NaNo rules as suggestions, and I’m one of them.
I’ve been planning my NaNo story for several years now, and the roots of the story go even deeper into my past. I’m not planning to write 50000 words in November. I do want to write about a chapter a day, but my chapters are shorter than the word count that would lead to 50000 words in a month. And I’m posting my chapters on Wattpad.
Which is kind of risky. Wattpad is full of young fanfic writers who lack a lot of the knowledge I had at age 15. If they read your work it may be to get you to read theirs, which might well be unreadable. And if I were over-sensitive to any criticism, I would not dare use Wattpad because I have seen people put very ignorant criticisms on Wattpad works other than my own. And finally, many Wattpad readers expect to read free stuff. They are not going to be buying your book or ebook at any point.
I’m using Wattpad mainly to keep me motivated. If I can pretend I have other human beings waiting for my next chapter, then I may be more likely to write that next chapter. I have a lot of problems finishing work, in part due to the social isolation that so many writers have. Most of us work alone, and no one encourages us that has actually seen our work-in-progress. One can kind of envy writers like Tabitha King, whose husband is also a writer of some sort.
My NaNo novel is starship based science fiction, with a plot inspired from one or more Star Trek movies— a starship full of cadets has to go into real-world action as a result of an emergency. In my story, there are fewer full-adult officers and crew, and in addition to the cadets, there are a lot of refugees who entered the starship while it was parked on a planet to take shelter from an attack. If you are curious, view chapter one here: https://www.wattpad.com/643568763-flight-of-the-starship-destine-chapter-1
So: are you doing NaNo this year? What is your story about? Do you have any good strategies for NaNo?
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