I'm sure you've all heard of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), but with all the work I've been doing with my latest manuscript, Knights of Avalon, I wasn't able to join in. That's probably for the best, because I'm more of a turtle than a hare: I write a few paragraphs a day, every day, without fail. Even when I have an entire day devoted to writing, I'm happy if I can write more than a single page in a sitting.
Though I haven't been trying to write a whole novel in a month, I was hoping to have my edits done by the end of November. Well, like many NaNoWriMo participants, I won't be meeting my self-imposed deadline, but I'm not going to sweat it. I edited a huge chunk of my book in November, I'm almost done, and most importantly, I feel that the edits I made were good ones. In the end, that's what matters.
So I am now declaring December to be NaNoEdMo, National Novel Editing Month. Oh yes, the latest round of edits shall be completed by the end of December! And if I fail in my mission, I shall wrap myself in bacon and throw myself into a pit of ravenous ferrets. I'm serious, I'm getting this done, because those ferrets don't mess around when they're hungry.
And you never know, maybe NaNoEdMo will catch on with other writers, because if you write a novel in a month, you're going to need AT LEAST a month to edit. Or if you're me, you'll need about four months, on average. Let's face it, I'm like those Comcast turtles.
Influx by Daniel Suarez
5 months ago