Also known as July Novel Writing Month. It’s the same idea as NaNoWriMo, but it happens in July. There seem to be a lot of younger people on the forums, happy to be able to participate because school is out for the summer and they don’t have to balance writing with studying. But there are plenty of us “older” folks there too.
I love the challenge of writing months, as I explained in my post last Friday. So when I discovered JulNoWriMo, I decided to give it a go. July 1 was a Thursday this year. Even so, I decided to start at midnight. Last Wednesday, I came home from work and sat down to plot out my novel. You see, I’m rewriting the second novel in my urban fantasy series. I got about halfway through writing it, but it got a bit – okay, a lot – off track, so I decided to try outlining for the first time ever.
A lot of writers say they hate outlining, that it kills the creativity and their need to write the novel, since they already know what will happen. Since I wrote half this novel already, I figured it was a good one to try an outline with. Unfortunately, I didn’t get anything done on it in June like i had planned.
On Wednesday evening, I got about a third of the outline done – more than enough to get to work on the novel with. I took a nap, woke shortly after 11, then started writing at midnight. Because July has 31 days, the daily wordcount goal is 1613 words a day. I wrote 1675 words by 1AM, then went to sleep.
Thursday night I went to see Henry Rollins, so wrote not more. Friday I hung out with a friend – again, no more writing (but it was worth it. I had a good time.) Saturday I wrote 915 words. That night I went to watch the UFC fights. I did, however, finish my outline in between the fights. Yes, I was that weird girl in the bar writing in her notebook. I don’t mind.
Sunday was Independence Day here in the USA, and while I had a laid back day, it was a lazy day, with no writing. JulNo was off to a slow start. I hated being off to a slow start, but wasn’t worried. Both years I’ve done NaNoWriMo I had 50,000 words by Nov. 15 or 16. So I knew I could easily catch up.
JulNoWriMo has a challenge – write 10,000 words in 5 hours. I decided to do this with my day off on Monday. I sat down shortly after 5PM and started typing. Every hour I checked my progress, and every hour I was woefully behind. Seeing as I routinely type 1200-1600 words in 15 minute word wars, I figured 2000 words an hour would be cake. I’d be done in 3 hours. Hah! The story was going slow, even with an outline. I struggle with the words. I feared I wouldn’t meet the challenge. But I kept typing anyway.
With 30 minutes to go I checked my wordcount. I had somehow caught up and only needed 500 more words. If I typed fast enough I just might make it. I typed faster than ever, making typo after typo, but I didn’t stop. When my boyfriend walked into the office with 10 minutes to go I muttered, “Don’t talk to me,” and kept typing.
With 5 minutes to go, I checked my wordcount. 10,129 words. I did it! Now my name is on the JulNoWriMo Wall of Awesomeness.
And thanks to the challenge, I’m back ahead of schedule. I now have 12,711 words, when the goal for July 6 is 9677. And that’s a good thing, because once again I’m not writing anything today. It’s been “one of those days” so I’m vegging out in front of the TV watching movies. I haven’t done that in a while. Usually if I’m home I’m writing, working on a workshop (which I need to do tonight as well) or watching part of an episode of NCIS. I rarely watch an entire TV show of anything. Tonight’s schedule: Repo! The Genetic Opera (already watched) and The Princess Bride (currently watching.) I adore Repo!, and can’t believe it took almost 2 years before I finally saw it. And Princess Bride, well, that’s a classic. One of my all time favorites. I love Mandy Patinkin. He’s the only reason I ever watch Criminal Minds. I generally don’t watch it if it’s an episode he’s not in.
So off to do my homework for my workshop, surf the net a bit, and hopefully go to bed early. Tomorrow, I’ll get back to writing.