Thursday, November 01, 2012

A Month of Intense Writing

This November I'm going to be participating in NaNoWriMo again.
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it rolls around every November. The goal is to write 50,000 words in one month.
I'm cheating a little bit because I'm writing a memoir rather than a novel. But I don't know of a website called NaMeWriMo, which would be National Memoir Writing Month.
 I'm returning to the story I started this summer about my experience as a nanny in France. The very original title is An American Nanny in France. I had about 24,000 words written this fall before I got caught up in trying to market my novel The Summer of France. So I haven't worked on my memoir for over a month.
If I complete 50,000 words in November and add that to my 24,000  words, I'll be nearly at the length of a book. I usually aim for around 80,000 to 90,000 words.
So in just one short month, I can have the basics done.
That's when the hard work begins as I gather all those words I've written and shape them into something that carries readers along with me as I take care of two little girls in Corsica, Bourges and Paris, France.  There's also a crush on a French doctor, sailing lessons in the Mediterranean, and an Argentine sailor.
If you're doing NaNoWriMo, let me know and I'd love to be your Writing Buddy.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Im so excited. One of my favorite parts of November is rooting for you with this....along with the Breeders Cup the New York Marathon and of course Thanksgiving. Good Luck.

Paulita said...

Thanks. I may have already tanked. I got up this morning at 4 because I was coughing so much. I didn't accomplish anything. Bust of a morning.

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