The month of November proved productive for me, all the way to Thanksgiving. I joined the National November Writing Month and wrote about 35,000 words. Then the holidays got in the way. But I’m happy! To have put down that many words in three weeks is a first for me.
Now, my next goal is to write at least 1000 words at least 5 days a week, starting in January. When March comes around I’ll have the other half of my novel. FIRST DRAFT done!
What NaNoWriMo did for me is confirming that I can. I can write a novel. It is a fact. And that is a major shift in my outlook, one that will make me finish. After that I face some major work: re-write, re-write, re-write, but at least I have the BASE, the bones of the story.
Another goal for 2019 is to write a blog every week. I will write on my process of writing a first draft of a novel.
What I have learned so far in my process is to let the characters speak, to let them talk to each other and from there learn what they want. I am creating living people from my experiences, my knowledge, my head and my heart; they are created from all of me. Just like Ernest Hemingway says:
When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature. If a writer can make people live there may be no great characters in his book, but it is possible that his book will remain as a whole; as an entity; as a novel. . . .People in a novel, not skillfully constructed characters, must be projected from the writer’s assimilated experience, from his knowledge, from his head, from his heart and from all there is of him. If ever he has luck as well as seriousness and gets them out entire they will have more than one dimension and they will last for a long time.
–Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon