NaNoWriMo Day One, or What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

What, pray tell, is NaNoWriMo? For those not in the know, it’s when authors from around the world gather at their respective homes, couches, coffee shops, or wherever else they may be, and attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days, all in the cozy month of November. Some love it, some hate it, and you can find a million disparate views on the effectiveness, or lack thereof, of the idea.

Last year was my first participating. My goal was to finish the book, which I knew would be in excess of 50,000 words (most contemporary books are, with science fiction and fantasy easily doubling the 50,000 mark). I estimated it would take around 75,000 words to finish. I was wrong. It took just over 92,000, but I was only halfway through the month. So I kept going. I finished the rough draft of Bailing Out that month as well, and ended up with a grand total of 201,336 words. Insane, right? I know.

So this year I made a new goal for myself. I wanted to see if I could write a series, an entire four-book, full-length set of novels, in thirty days. Rough drafts only, of course. I’m not silly. But I do hope to get them to publishable quality, so I’m trying not to just throw words on the page. My minimum goal is 300,000 words, four 75k novels. If I could, and this is a REAL push, I’d like to finish out the remaining books in the Court House Rules series. That would add another 185,000 words. And that doesn’t include my attempt at nightly blog posts to keep all you lovelies apprised of my status.

That, dear friends, is why I ask what I’ve gotten myself into. I’m a nutcase, and I actually have a custody trial this month as well (because I still have that pesky other legal job). But I’ll give you a nightly update on my progress, and tomorrow I’ll talk a little bit more on what the first book is about.

11/1/2016, total words written: 10,124. Good for 300k, behind for 500k.