I’m Crazy and Writing Even Though I Have No Time
Completely insane: during one of my busiest months, I decided—foolishly, joyously, fanatically—to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo this past July.
The Inner Critic Speaks
But you have more work than usual, my inner killjoy whispered.
You are taking an editing class, and NaNoWriMo will be smack in the middle of midterms (in which, I am happy to say, I got an A+. Take that, inner critic!).
You will be going out of town multiple times and, as my mother would say, running around like a chicken without a head.
The Novel Looks at Me with Sad Puppy Eyes
But I also had a burgeoning (and on-going) manuscript, all hand-written and spanning three notebooks that begged me to type it.
Yes, I prefer to handwrite my novels. While I find it to be a more relaxing noveling experience, it also means that eventually, I need to type the dang thing.
Winning Writing Stats
So I took the plunge and joined the NaNoWriMo festivities. Originally, my goal was 50,000 words. By the penultimate week of July, I made the sound decision to halve my goal to 25K. In the end, I made it to 27K.
As you can see, I had a strong start, followed by two weeks of treading water and then ending with a bang.
Third Novel in a Series: Romantic Comedy with LGBTQ Themes
A little about what I’ve been frantically typing.
I’ve been working on a romantic comedy series—last NaNoWriMo in November helped me finish the second book called “The Marijuana Mafia.”
For Camp NaNoWriMo this past July, I’ve been hammering away at the prequel, which details the misadventures of our protagonists in high school and his journey in coming out of the closet.
In preparation for writing this book, I read a lot of Young Adult LGBTQ classics, like “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” “The Upside of Unrequited,” “Luna,” and many others. Check out my Young Adult LGBTQ reading list on Goodreads.
What’s Next for the Novels
I’m about two-thirds of the way through writing the prequel. In the meantime, I plan to use NaNoWriMo’s new year-round goal tracker to help me stay on course for typing up all my notebooks. So far, I’m almost through the first notebook.
Editing, Editing, and more Editing
Once I finish the rough draft of the prequel, I plan to go back to the first book and edit. I’m a pantser (as opposed to someone who outlines, aka a plotter), so by now—after writing the entire three-book series—I have a solid idea of who my characters are and what plot holes need to be sewn shut.
In the meantime, I’m three-fourths of the way done my copyediting certificate program at UC San Diego, and at work, I’m starting a new blog for my local community college (more on that soon!).
So stay tuned for more news.
Let me know how your NaNoWriMo went. What are you writing?