December 2, 2010

November was NaNoWriMo — the National Novel Writing Month. By the way, congratulations to anyone who participated and made the 50,000 words!

I didn’t participate this year because I was still doing research for my next novel. But now I’ve wrapped up my research and did some plotting and character profiles, so I’m ready to start writing.

To keep me motivated, I thought I’d make December my personal NaNoWriMo — call it a JaeNoWriMo. Since December holds so many family obligations, I’ll try for a more modest goal than NaNoWriMo’s 50,000 words. My goal is to write 30,000 words in December.

This novel will be a sequel to Second Nature — or rather a spin-off since it has different main characters. The working title is True Nature. I’ll post my daily word count on my progress meter page (the link is in the “Pages” section in the right-hand menu).

For today, it looks like this:

So I’m off to a good start. Check back to see how I’m doing.



  1. You’re killing me, Jae. 30,000 words is roughly what I’ve done over the past year (12 months!). Well, 34,000 to be exact. Still… I’ll never get how you do it. Sigh.

    • Well, keep in mind that those 30,000 words are just the first draft. They’re not 30,000 publishable words.

      A few of the writers on lesfic_unbound wrote 150,000 words during November. Not THAT’s impressive.

  2. […] The year 2011 is approaching fast, so it’s time to see how I’m doing with my resolution to write at least 30,000 words in December as my personal JaeNoWriMo. […]

  3. How far do you get into plotting and character profiles before you’re ready to start the first draft?

    • I’m not a pantser who just sits down and starts writing. I have a physical description, personality description, and backstory for each main character ready before I get started on the first draft.

      And I have at least a rough idea of the events in the story. I write best if I know where I’m going.

      But nothing is set in stone. If a scene takes me into a new direction, I’m fine with that.

      • Have any of your stories taken a sharp change of direction after you started writing, either due to a realization that only occurred while writing or feedback from a test/beta reader?

  4. Changes of direction, yes, but not “sharp” changes of direction. I write with the end in mind, so I at least know the rough direction.

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