When I lived in France, November was a special month for me.
November was the literary season with awards and prizes.
November was the arrival of the Beaujolais Nouveau, a young wine that you don’t keep in your cellar but drink in the weeks that follow.
November was also my birthday month.
When I moved to the United States I adapted and adopted new celebrations and traditions.
I was happy that Thanksgiving happened to be in November.
Many stores now carry also the French Beaujolais Nouveau.
And I could participate to the infamous NaNoWriMo.
I have mixed feelings about this crazy race.
- Seriously, 50 000 words sound a lot.
- Honestly, who writes every day?
- Really, the idea of a new draft is tempting.
- Definitely, pressure isn’t a bad thing for writers.
So, am I doing NaNoWriMo 2014?
I am and I am not.
I started a new YA story.
I won’t have 50 000 words by the end of the month but I have the beginning and the ending and enough elements to know that it’s a manuscript that I will finish.
How do I know that I can turn this bud of a draft into a completed manuscript?
I have been a NaNoWriMo participant in the past. Three times I have clocked my 50 000 words.
One of the drafts became my recently published Middle Grade novel Chronicles From Château Moines.
One of the reasons I know that I won’t get 50 000 words is also because of this recent publication.
Writing is one thing.
Marketing is another.
So while I would like to Write new Stuff, I’m actually working at promoting a NaNoWriMo baby, while plotting the birth of a new one. Because you just never know where 50 000 words will take you.
Good luck brave NaNoWriMo people!