NaNo Eve

Oh, the trials of blogging during NaNoWriMo when all that time you had in October seems to become mist and float away. To remedy that, each year I generally focus on the experience as it’s happening. It is, after all, in the forefront of my mind.

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month

So, how was my start? Well, let me tell you about that…

October 31, 2017
So, here I am drafting a blog post I won’t share for another 36 hours. Technically, Halloween remains, but the last trick-or-treater was at my door hours ago. For me (and so many others), it’s NaNo Eve. Huh, that’s catchy.

At this point, I’ve attached as much tradition to this evening as Christmas Eve, but this year there were some additional elements. I was hashtag leader at WritingChallenge.org for the month of October so my NaNo Eve also includes my final responsibilities there.

After the trick-or-treaters are gone I usually spend some time reviewing my outline and fixing any problems I’ve uncovered. This year was no different. I discovered a problem with the location I’d chosen for an airship station and worked out a secondary location.

Fix completed, I dove into updating my magic references folder, specifically, the file for Partials. All that brought me to this blog post.

At midnight (25 minutes away) I’ll write the opening to my NaNo project so I’m already engaged I wake up. I usually aim for 300-700 words, which puts me in bed before 1:00AM.

Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

This year is a little different. Because I’m hashtag leader I have my final writer shoutouts to do for the 31st. I can’t wait until the next day because the log is erased in the morning and reset for November, making the information unavailable to me if I wait too long. Thus, my 1:00 AM shoutouts.

Then it’s to bed.

My midnight writing tradition came about when I participated in my first NaNo. Having decided to join at the last minute (I created my account ten minutes before midnight) I went ahead and wrote a few hundred words to orient myself. I was, in every sense of the word, unprepared.

Several NaNo experiences later I’m better prepared—and watching my little backstory project turn into a legitimate prequel. A prequel that couldn’t be read before the first two books because it contains spoilers. What’s vital, thought, is it will help me fill-in missing puzzle pieces that influence the first two books and a side book, Torment Surfacing, which I drafted last April. That’s a lot riding on this little project that’s growing less little all the time.

NaNo Cover: CA Hawthorne

NaNo Cover: CA Hawthorne

So, on this NaNo Eve it’s time to stretch, get a hot drink, and begin NaNoWriMo 2017.

November 2, 2017
I ended up writing 761 words the other night and finished November 1st with 4,193. NaNo Eve. I’m back to it! Daily counts, updating, writing buddies, all of it … it’s become an old friend I look forward to meeting each year.

I awoke to snow this morning and have some challenges over the next five days with other life responsibilities, but I believe I’ll be able to maintain the pace I want. Here’s hoping!

Hope everyone is off to a great start!

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