NaNoWriMo Has Eaten My Life Away

So I’m just over a week in to my first ever NaNoWriMo challenge. It’s been going surprisingly smoothly so far- I’m actually a little ahead of my word count goal for the week 🙂

That being said, though, I’ve been basically living and breathing this book. Though I don’t mind that at all, I have a bad feeling about my ability (or possible lack thereof) to continue doing that next week. My hours at work are shooting up for the holiday season, so we’ll see how well I can juggle both.

But I’m loving this story so far, despite the fact it’s just in its first draft stages and will probably be drastically different by the time I feel comfortable with the end result. I’ve given myself free reign to nerd out and put in Star Wars and Firefly references, which in my *humble* opinion, makes this book freakin’ awesome 🙂

Though I have to admit I’m a little uncomfortable with how much explanation I’ve given of the world and its back story- I feel like it doesn’t entice the reader to discover it as much as if I’d steeped it in mystery like my first book. Though admittedly, this is the prequel to it, I guess it’s supposed to be more show-y.

Anyway, anyone else out there in the midst of the NaNoWriMo craziness? Any suggestions for how to manage writing time and explaining back story without just giving it all away?


2 responses to “NaNoWriMo Has Eaten My Life Away”

  1. I wish I had some nuggets of wisdom for you Sarah, but I chickened out this year and didn’t even try for it. You’re already ahead by simply taking the challenge on, is what I say. For what it’s worth though, I’d say stick to the working through plot points and don’t fret too much about whether the back story will remain relevant (or conversely, give too much away) when it’s all said and done. That’s what editing is for, right? 🙂

    • haha yeah that’s very true- editing is definitely a godsend. I tend to do so much editing while writing that it can slow me down, so that’s been a big challenge for this month. Gotta keep reminding myself that I’m allowed to write an absolutely terrible first draft 🙂

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