Today, I validated my July Camp NaNoWriMo project. For those of you who don’t speak fluent NaNo, that means I copied my novella draft into a little box on the Camp website and it checked my word count to make sure it was the same as, or more than, the goal I’d set myself for the month.
If you hit, or beat, you goal, you’re considered to be a winner. As I talked about when I finished my April Camp NaNo project, that terminology struck me as strange to begin with because it’s not a competition. But it is an achievement. It is a thing you work your ass off to do. Sometimes, it’s a battle with writer’s block. So when you complete it and hit your target, damn right you won!
I’m ridiculously excited to announce that the first draft of Car Thieves has a total of 20,092 words. Editing will begin within the next month or so, once I get Stone Flowers Grow In Cold Places published and launch my Patreon (within the next two weeks, for reals!).
I’m seriously considering doing NaNoWriMo in November. It scares the crap out of me because it’s 50k words, but I have this rule where if something terrifies me, I should at least try to do it. I have a concept in mind already (I know, shut up). In its current form in the back of my brain, it’s somewhere between a novel and an anthology, with chapters as a collection of connected-but-could-also-stand-alone short stories. That’s as much as I’m saying about it for now because it really is only a tiny little seed of an idea, but it’s growing 🙂