In case you have been living under a rock, November is National Novel Writing Month. Basically everyone gets together, writes over 1,600 words a day, and completes a 50,000 word novel in a month. I've never been able to participate in NaNoWriMo, and this year is no different. (Instead I'll be participating in John Green's NaFADOYBIMSCOM (National Finish A Draft Of Your Book, I Mean Seriously, Come On Month).)
I'm still working on my contemporary and don't really want to set it aside to start something new, and I feel like cheating doing NaNoWriMo when I have already started on a project, so I'm in NaNo lingo. Plus November is an awful month for us. I work retail* and our family lives out of state so when we go home for Thanksgiving it's epic.
During the past couple of weeks I've changed my writing style a bit. Usually while I'm writing I feel the only reason that I'm writing is to get published and be this big famous author and buy everyone I know a house and swim in my basement of money like Scrooge McDuck. Let's face it, folks: authors don't make a lot of money. (Unless you're one of the lucky ones and become uber famous, which I seriously doubt I'll be.) I'm now writing just for me and no one else. I'm writing because I have a story that I feel like needs to be told. I'm writing because my characters deserve to have their story told. I'm not writing specifically for publication (though if that happens I'd gladly accept!), just for myself and my characters. That realization, I feel, has made me a better, happier writer. I don't have to worry about trends and whether I think people will like it. If I like it then it's good enough for me. :)
*I won't be working retail too much longer, though (at least for the time being). I talked to my supervisor yesterday and put in my resignation, my last day will be November 20th. There wasn't one specific reason why I decided to quit, just a lot of things added up and the time seemed right. There was never any possibility for advancement or a raise, and this particular position wasn't bettering me as a person or giving me any useful life skills. None of my bosses were upset and all seems to be well, so I'm thankful. I'll probably look for something else part time after the holidays. I thought and prayed about it a lot and it just seems like the right decision that needed to be made. I hope I'm not making a mistake.
With all that being said, I'm excited to not be working (at least for a few months) and to have extra time to pour into my WIP (and read!). Expect more frequent blog updates from me in the future.
Are you participating in Nano? I'd love to know how your first day went!
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