I'm doing okay during this round of NaNoWriMo. I'm not at the recommended projected speed, but I do have eleven thousand very disorganized set of words already written. Only need 39,000 more by the end of June. No problem.
Actually, there is a problem. My words will be horrendous. How can it not? And the story will still probably need another good thirty thousand words just to make it a complete book after NaNo.
But, that's what revisions are for. And that's just what I'll do.
I'd like to have this middle-grade book written and edited by the end of the year, this includes the thirty thousand extra words, the thirty thousand I have to edit out and rewrite, and of course, the thirty thousand that was supposed to write itself because I'm so brilliant. (Oh and did I mention this is the THIRD rewrite of this book? Yeah ... issues).
Anyway, NaNo is great because what it is, is a giant swift-kick in the behind. And right now, at the onset of summer and my kids underfoot, and the desire for a beach vacation, it's exactly what I need.
Here's a couple writing opportunities that I particularly liked and will probably enter them AFTER Camp NaNo (except for the second one). Remember, all writing is exercise. Get stronger now!
Story Contest about Past Loves: Premise: Ever wonder what others do about fond memories of past loves? Cute little essay contest.
Maximum word count: 700 words.
Entry fee: FREE.
Prizes: Cash awards.
Deadline: September 17th, 2012
Hallmark Contest, She's Graduating Book: I love Hallmark. Especially their contests. Here's a fun one. New book contest for the graduating girl (college or high school). There are three different categories to write for.
Maximum word count: 2000 characters (about 100-150 words).
Entry fee: FREE.
Prizes: $50 and two copies of book (plus everyone in the world will see it!)
Deadline: June 24th, 2012.