At this point in NaNoWriMo I’m tempted to say that process is more important than product. That the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. That the hard work invested to reach the finish line is more important than actually crossing it. That 25.9 miles is the same as 26.2. That Thanksgiving week is a time to shelve NaNos for turkey and mash potatoes.
Well, screw all that. If we’d signed up for 31,003 words of sparkling prose we would have, well, signed up for a writing class. Instead we chose the NaNo – a 50,000+ word hyper novel that promises to be so messy, mystifying, and grammatical and structurally challenged our own grandmothers won’t praise it. Good for us. Let’s finish this thing off.
One issue that’s held me back this past week is research. Almost every novel requires some level of research, and my NaNo is no exception. I’m trying to figure out if a kid can sue his parents for release of custody because they've made him obese. And if so, what the trial might look and sounds like. My Internet research and badgering of lawyer friends has yielded little expertise. And without expertise, I’ve been hesitant to write a few key legal scenes. Then I remembered The Most Important Rule in the History of Important NaNo Rules: Keep writing! So I plowed through the scenes as I imagined they would happen, and took comfort in the fact they could be authenticated at a later date. Like, December.
All of this leads to this week’s NaNo questions:
Does your NaNo require research? If so, how are you balancing research with writing?
- Where does your NaNo stand?
- Is your Thanksgiving week going to hold you back or push you through? Black Friday shopping or writing? Or both?
- And of course, what are you eating on Thursday?