My NaNoWriMo Report!

I’m really glad I entered the NANoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) Challenge.

I did not aim for the official goal of writing a 50K novel, I set my own goals.

I hit the brainstorming and organizational goals I set for myself early on. Then I wrote more than I hoped for. I definitely got myself back into the writing habit.

The need to write about 1,700 words a day to win results in the major benefit of participating in NaNoWriMo–the establishment of a daily writing habit. The discipline to write daily, whether you’re in the mood or not, is key to finishing a novel of any size.

Although I did not write the 1,700 words a day needed to reach 50K words, I did spend 1-3 hours writing almost everyday, some days much more. I didn’t write on Thanksgiving day but I wrote for an hour and a half on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, between housecleaning and preparing for the holiday celebration at my house (a solution to a flaw in a scene came to me and I wanted to get it down before I lost it.)

12:01 am Thursday, December 1, 2011

Karen LeRosier NaNoWriMo report.

16  Thousand + Words!

Clap Clap Clap! Yeah!

16,231 to be exact.

I haven’t read a book since October! That’s rare.

* Sheltered Disclosures had  20,482 words as of 12/5/11!

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About My NaNoWriMo Novel

I finally have a title for my NaNoWriMo novel I’m writing. I also have  a one, and a two sentence, description of the story to share.

Sheltered Disclosures

An Urban Fantasy by Karen LeRosier

One Sentence Description:
Desperate for a job, an unemployed woman’s shelter advocate agrees to council an abused woman despite hairy complications and disclosures.

Two Sentence Description:
A broke, laid-off women’s shelter advocate takes a temp job to privately counsel a viciously abused young woman. The employer’s a werewolf and the client might sprout fur, but the victim needs her and this unnerving disclosure might lead to her niche in life—if she can assimilate a new reality.

As wordy as I am, it’s extremely difficult to compress into one sentence a story that previously took me at least fifteen minutes to describe. But it’s needed for publishing so I did it and

There it is—exposed to public eyes.

If you’ve read my Works in Progress (WIP) page you know how reluctant I’ve been to share details of my writing. I’m not sure what my issue is. Maybe it’s fear of being laughed at or that someone will bring me to earth and tell me you can’t become an author—that’s for other people. After all, my Mom does snicker every time I mention my writing. Or, maybe I’m afraid a real author or an editor will see it and drop the sorry but you have no talent bomb.

Don’t know the answer but I’m sticking my neck out and I will hit the PUBLISH button now…or maybe next week…

Now Karen.

I signed up for NaNoWriMo!

About NaNoWriMo 

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an event as well as a fun, fast approach to novel writing.

The Challenge: Write a novel in 30 days.

Participants began writing yesterday, Tuesday, November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel by 11:59:59, November 30.
Readers, that’s about 1700 words a day, for 30 days.  Outlines, research, and other and preparation can be done before Nov. but the actual writing of the actual novel must be started from scratch. Due to the limited writing time the object is quantity over quality or as the organization puts it, “Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft.”

History of NaNoWriMo:
The first NaNoWriMo happened in 1999, in the San Francisco Bay area with 21 participants. The 2nd year 140 writers participated.  The 3rd year a web site was added and 5,000 joined the challenge. In 2010, the 12th year: 200,500 participated and 37,500 won—completed the challenge. 2,872,682,109 words were officially logged during the event.

Karen LeRosier’s Personal Challenge:

I’ve been whining that I can’t get myself motivated to write. I decided to use the NaNoWriMo challenge to motivate me. Since I value quality and quantity, and I’ll be taking a week off to prepare for and entertaining on Thanksgiving, I set my own personal goals. When I reach this goal Nov. 30, I won’t be an official winner but I can blow my own horn. I hope my readers will cheer me over the personal finish line I’ve created.

My Challenge:

  1. Research, develop characters, world-build and organized this information in a Scrivener file—writing software I’ll be learning as well. (Scrivener is offering a free trial for the month and 1 week.)
  2. Create a detailed outline of the story and major plot lines.
  3. Write. (I might refine this goal later.)
  4. Maintain this blog with 3 feature blogs a week.

The week before, I did some mental brainstorming in preparation. I have a rudimentary premise, story line, characters, and some world-building.*
I’ll keep you apprized of my progress and share information about my story as the weeks play out.

I’m pumped and excited!
Karen

*World-building is the process of constructing setting, an imaginary world for the book to take place in. In the case of Urban Fantasy, location and landscape is real (or realistic) but some fantastical element is added, usually supernatural races and/or magic. The world-building is more about creating supernatural races, their abilities and physiology, societal systems, language, and how this impacts humans and their world.