Wednesday, November 11, 2009

NaNoWriMo Check In

So, how's everyone's NaNoWriMo going? I'm on track to finish and my novel's finally gotten fun now that I've started the love triangle. Next up is the discovery of the Big Bad (and then the figuring out how to defeat it... I'm not entirely sure how that's going to happen yet...).

Generally for NaNoWriMo, I'm a very fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants type of girl as far as research. There's NO TIME to do research when you're trying to write a novel in 30 days (in addition to reading for the Cybils, working a full-time job, and, y'know, having a life...). But this year I've found myself turning to Google multiple times for some brief fact checking.

Here's what I've been Googling for the first third of my novel:

- Bushes in West Virginia
- What game do you kill with an arrow?
- How to nock an arrow
- What vegetables are in season mid-summer?
- What damages a shingled roof?
- And how do you fix it?
- What kinds of large predators live in West Virginia?

(Can you tell that my novel is set in a fantasy version of West Virginia? And that I have never been there?)

So, tell me, how's everyone's novel going?

(And stay tuned for my favorite NaNoWriMo game OF ALL: Dear Character, I'm Sorry. It'll be coming up this weekend or next week.)


  1. I currently have a lot of [find out this important piece of info] brackets. Also, I think I may have named one character four different things. Ooops. BUT, I'm over half-way done!

  2. First time I have ever done Nanowrimo and I gotta say its pretty cool. Once you get past the initial, "Oh this is horrible writing" phase, writing out around 1700 daily more or less isn't so hard. horror story still feels a bit aimless.

  3. I am having so much fun with Nano this year! Last year, I planned the book out scene by scene in October, and by the time I got to the writing, the thrill was gone. This year, I had a main character and a vague idea about three or four plot points, and I can't wait to get to the computer to find out what happens next. I've also discovered that notations like "what wildflowers would be blooming then" add to my word count.

  4. My internal editor has taken hold of the novel.