National Novel Writing Month

So it’s been awhile since I finished my novel and it’s sat there ever since, an unedited mass of smelly words that are daring me to edit it while I, with similar tenacity, have ignored it.

I don’t want to launch into a new work because then I’ll never actually finish anything so instead, as per Chuck Wendig’s advice, I’m using this NaNoWriMo as ‘National Edit Your Shit Month.’ I’ll be happy if I have 65,000 edited to the point where they can stand on their own two feet by the end of the month. Then ideally I’ll be finished in time for Chirstmas.

There’s tons of writign advice out there including lots of good resources on the NaNoWriMo site. The forums are great (If a bit of a time sink) and there are regional meet ups and dozens of blogs offering writing advice.

So what am I going to do to this mire of often dubious advice? Add to it of course! Only it won’t always be advice, sometimes it will be narcissistic self-indulgent posts and rants to relieve the stress.

It’s 12:45 on November 1st and so far I’ve edited 266 words. [614 if I count my contents, my title page and all the little notes I’ve made to remind me of things for later chapters – but I’m trying to be fair about this]