It’s officially long past halfway through #NaNoWriMo2015, and we’ve been pretty far behind the whole time. Yesterday we caught up to 24k and we’ve got a much better idea of where our book is going (hey, at first we weren’t even sure of the genre!) But now we’re so excited with our new book–it’s a YA set in an alternate version of California. Oh, and did we mention magic? YES.
NaNoWriMo can feel super intimidating. And I think, with the month being more than halfway over, it gets even more intimdating with the finish line so close. We’ve surpassed the 50k every time we’ve participated in NaNo (we’ve done NaNo twice, and Camp NaNo once). The most we’ve written in a month is 63k. SIXTY. THREE. I think we were crazy that month (July 2013).
But today, even though we’re still far behind, I realized something. Often we think our NaNo drafts are gonna be a mishmash of awesomeness–a book that will certainly be publishable. But truthfully, 99% of first drafts are NOT publishable (sad but true). And NaNo is really just an opportunity to lay down the foundation of our book. It’s like building a house. You can’t put up the curtains or even have windows if there’s no base. No foundation. And writing drafts is all about building that house–your manuscript–up.
Building a manuscript can take time–but even if it sucks now, the point is to REVISE. And we are both so excited to edit, edit, edit this December, because we’re both really passionate about that project. Never lose sight of that passion! That’s what NaNo is all about.
Until next time,