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Nanowrimo then what?

Finally I did it , I completed my 50000 words without finishing my novel. But still feel good about having met the goal assigned. What’s my next step. As I have an hyperactive mind , hardly able to concentrate on one thing, constantly multi tasking , I stopped novel writing for 2 weeks, leaving my blog reader angry https://naboulove.wordpress.com but promising myself to finsh the current novel I post weekly on my site (in french sorry) . I have promised my future editor to review the manuscripts I have completed 10 years ago & kept in my closte. I wasn’t ready then for my coming out as a possible WRITER. But time is passing by & I have to live my passion, even though , my work is also a passion to me – you see I am hyper & have attention disorder-. Anyway, i felt relieved to have kept my pace, writing averyday a bit following a regular pace.So now let’s go back to the priorities:
1-Finish novel 2 for online readers by mid January (InshAllah)-.
2-Edit & Rewrite Novel 1 for the what ? 4th times…
3-Finish NanoNovel some time next year or simultaneously..

In the meantime, still run my business & take care of home . Reminds you of someone. OOh you? Yep welcome to the busy mums club & loving it. So I still have 2 poetry books ready for publishing, one in French & one in English. All this is part of my coming out…

Wish me good Luck coz As busy as I might seem, I am a quite a professional procrastinator…

Merry XMAS folks..

My Nanowrimo 2009 Experience

On How to write a Novel in 30 days?

How did I get Myself into National Novel Writing Month? I still wonder…I already had an ongoing writing project,I have been writing on for the last 5 months, doing it for my pleasure & at my pace. Then reading & googling through the internet, i accidentally found http://nanowrimo.org & I registered. I had no idea on what I was going to write at first but as I registered on Oct 8th , I still had  » weeks to think about a theme, a plot , characters & all those things that make a novel. I reduced drastically my facebook procarstination & gathered vague ideas on what could be my novel outline. I found a title, which was good enough for me to start from & then I couldn’t way for nov 1st to come. I joined the Africa , Elsewhere group & the France Group, as I didn’t feel ready to take the risk of writing a full novel in English. I felt a bit lonely with the 2/3 Kinshasa wrimos lost on the site & hopefully made one or two very nice writing buddies. For once, i didn’t procrastinate, as i hate being in the loosers’ camps & I managed to write up to date 43009 words. But I must confess the following:

  1. I am a word perfectionnist & i feel like correcting all the time
  2. My Facebook wrimos & writing buddies have been helpful in encouraging me , so dont do it alone, it’s depressing
  3. I go back & forth in the story, changing who my MC is (main character) but i have a story
  4. Quoting Hemingway « the first draft of anything is crap » I feel relieved coz my novel is crap at that stage,
  5. I have no clue on the end of my story so i will just let it flow until i reach 50K & hopefully will get back to it in 2010 when I finish my current story
  6. I am proud of myself…
  7. I hope i can post again next week & tell you I won , I won.

So folks I hope next yea i will drag more African wrimos in with me in the challenge, I never though i would have made it , given my multiple activities & my kids . But yes You can was saying to me that little voice.

I must thank Steve Jobs as my Iphone has been a valuable partner, as i could write bits & pieces on it until i passed 43K , and know i have to go writing, twittering, then facebooking. So see you at 50K. It feels good to write write write even with rthe frustration of my inner editor.