10k words


Three days ago I hit 10k in my NaNoWriMo novel. I wanted to talk about this moment because while 10k is small in relation to where I want to be, it’s a goal I’ve accomplished nonetheless. And I like looking at little goals and then ahead to future, bigger ones.

For those of you who have been following along with my progress this month, it’s been a difficult time with this novel. I’ve actually changed the title of the book, though I haven’t updated it on NaNoWriMo, because so much has changed. The entire plot is different. I started a new document three different times before I finally got to where I am right now. The only things that stayed the same were a few characters names that I really loved and one plot idea (from the second rewrite). Other than that literally nothing is the same.

There’s a lot of reasons why this year hasn’t been my year for NaNoWriMo, and moving is probably a huge factor of that. But I’ve also heard moving is great for your creativity, and I’ll admit most days I felt exciting at just the idea of writing. These past few days I’ve been feeling more and more confident because I finally have a storyline that I care about and want to complete.

I don’t know where I’ll be with this book at the end of November. I most likely won’t be reaching 50k. Just being realistic with myself, though I know it’s still totally possible. And come December I’m going to be moving on to my next book, the one that I actually want to release after Clara and Claire. I won’t be revealing the title or any information about that book until Clara and Claire releases.

So long as at the end of this month I have a plot to work with, I’ll be happy. I know where I want to go with this book regardless of if I hit 50k this month or not.

Anyways, that’s all for now. I have a long day ahead of me, but hopefully I catch some time to write more and move toward 20k.

Lindsey Richardson

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