April 1st marked the beginning of Camp NaNoWriMo. Thirty days of writing abandon. For me, this works perfectly. My debut novel is published and I need that extra push to get me writing again. My plan is to publish Emily’s Choice in June, which gives me almost three months to get it rewritten and reviewed/critiqued before my self-imposed deadline.
Today is day 4 and as of last night, I was 1325 words ahead of schedule. Thanks to the hubs, I was able to escape to Panera for some peaceful writing time. I not only caught up on my word count, but I surpassed it as well.
The helpful thing with Emily’s Choice, is that it’s already written. The bad thing, is that I wrote it over 20 years ago. A lot has happened in 20 years, new life experiences, new technology, new ideas…and I have a lot of ideas for Emily’s Choice. In fact, while I was writing last night, my characters took me in a different direction. I was a little annoyed at first, but now in the light of a new day, I can see that this direction is going to make the story stronger. This also means that a good chunk of what’s already written (20 years ago), is for the trash bin.
With 26 days left in the month, I’m excited to see what other surprises my characters have in store for me. This is the fun thing about being a writer, and if I’m honest - one of the frustrations too. I love that I go into a story with an idea of how the story will unfold, only to be in a completely different place at the end.