I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo for a few years now. Some years the timing just isn’t good and other years I just never hit my word count goal. I’ve always gone with the theory that any words written is better than no words written. In fact, I started writing my third novel, She’s Not Here, for National Novel Writing Month 2015. However, I’ve never officially won. This year I was a NaNoWriMo Rebel and made my goal to write 20,000 words, which I did! However, I’ve never actually won. So I’ve come to terms with the fact that I just can’t write a novel in a month. And I’m sure I’m not the only one!
Today’s writing vlog is where I redeem myself. Do you get to see me exhausted? Yes! Do you get to see me actually write? Yes! My goal for NaNoWriMo this year was to write 20,000 words for my fourth novel. Did I reach my writing goal? We’ll have to wait and see!
It’s hard to write a novel. It’s even harder to write a novel in a month. NaNoWriMo is a great way to get the first draft of your novel written, but I also like to remind people that while 50,000 words is technically a novel, most traditional novels are closer to 80,000 words or more.
So much in on video! I was able to get some writing in for week two of NaNoWriMo, though I’ll admit not as much as I would have liked, but for a good reason! I’ve been very busy with the re-release of Essence. But before I get to that, let’s talk about some Black Friday sales I’ve got going on that starts today!
NaNoWriMo week 1 was a little less than successful. I expected that I wouldn’t get many words in because I was traveling for a work conference, but I didn’t realize just how few words I would be able to fit in. If you get anything out of this vlog, I hope that you see it’s okay to fall behind in writing, don’t stress about it and of course, go on adventures whenever you get the chance.
I teamed up with the amazing Kaila Walker for this weeks video to answer the question: why is vacation important for writers? Is there something behind traveling that opens up writer’s to a whole new world? Is vacation the magic cure to writer’s block? Well, maybe not, but there are benefits to taking the time to experience everything life has to offer.
Have you seen the Avengers: Infinity War? Because I have and I need to talk about it. But I’m not doing a review of the movie Instead, I wanted to talk about it in the viewpoint of a story-teller and why this movie has done everything right. Before I go any further I do have to warn you that many spoilers lie ahead, so don’t read on if you haven’t seen the movie yet because this is not a movie you want to have spoiled.