My Foray Into NaNoEdMo (National Novel Editing Month)

It's true, there IS nothing called NaNoEdMo, but I'm not one to colour within the lines. I contemplated, briefly, writing a Harlequin novel for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, which IS real), with help from the So You Think You Can Write e-seminars Harlequin is hosting.

However, I have an existing project that is desperately in need of being put to rest. It is a complete manuscript, born out of five years of off-and-on writing, but what with my lack of skills in the creative writing department, it is extremely unwieldy and parts of it are horrifically terrible.

No matter - this month, National Novel Editing Month, I shall be taming the beast. Whips, chains & other editorial implements will be used upon it in the least sexy manner possible. Here it is, well part of it, being the stinking mess it is:


It looks innocuous, but don't let it fool you.

Since I can't measure using word count, I'm aiming to spend two hours per day editing. If I can't edit for two hours, I have to make it up on the weekend (ugh).

November 1 was spent finishing my submission for the CBC Literary Awards (creative nonfiction), so I let that count, since it took two hours, and needed to be done. November 2 was spent outlining my plot using stickies on my wall. This was fun until it became extremely tedious, and I only got about half way. Photographic evidence:


And then the stickies started falling off the wall.

I don't feel freed by my inner creative genius yet. In fact, I feel a bit cross-eyed and angry that I can't waste as much time on Twitter as I used to. I guess I'll just have to get used to the idea of not being lazy. That and the possibility of failure. I HATE failure! It must not happen.

Book reviews etc. will be happening as per usual, but for the month of November 2010 you will get the added bonus of my NaNoEdMo updates. They will be scintillating or at least serve to keep me accountable.

5 comments:

Liz said...

Congratulations on your progress thus far into NaNoEdMo. I love your idea. I'll be writing, myself, but there may just be a NaNoEdMo down the line for me, too. Looking forward to reading how it turns out for you!

steph said...

Oooh, man, I admire your tenacity and gumption! I too am editing, but for someone else, so it totally doesn't count. :)

It makes me happy that you've got a novel you want to do something with. It takes so much courage, and I admire you for it. Also, will we get to read your creative non-fic? I'd love to!

B.Kienapple said...

Thank you both for your support!


Liz - looking forward to seeing your own progress. Congrats on giving NaNoWriMo a whirl. I admire anyone willing to dedicate themselves to such a concentrated amount of writing!


Steph - What are you editing? Curious! Also, you only get to read my non-fic if it wins so...we'll see. :)

Heather said...

I wrote last year and still need to do the editing. I should follow your example and join NaNoEdMo. Great idea.

Alayna said...

There actually used to be a semi-official NaNoEdMo (run by another group) that would take place in March. It was done that way to give NaNoWriMo writers time away from their novels in order to look at them with fresh eyes as they edited.

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