Crossing The Finish Line

2012-Trad-Nano-Winner-Certificate1.2I am tired.  But I am victorious.  And then some.

After a month of writing as much as I could for as long as I could, November is over and I have crossed the finish line with a final word count of 57,982 words.

I have walked away from NaNoWriMo with a few amazing things.

  • I have written two complete, and probably horrible, short stories that need tremendous editing.
  • LK has been renamed OK (or rather, The Lost Key has been renamed The Order of the Key) and has been sliced down into three books – because writing as much of it as I did (it was my main focus throughout this month) meant that I was forced to face the fact that this storyline was much bigger than the space I had allotted myself.
  • I have added 5 new chapters to OK and a chapter and a half each to LI and DG, which is a tremendous amount of progress.
Just a couple of points I wanted to discuss regarding NaNoWriMo:
  • While what you produce in this process is unedited and likely unpublishable (clearly, not a word) at this point, this raw form of your story is a great way to work through problems in your tale and iron out funky plot wrinkles.  At one point, I wrote a chapter to add in between two chapters I had written because I realized I needed a little more action at that portion of the story.  By the time I was done with what I was writing for OK, I realized I had missed an explanation earlier on, and jotted it down on my list of things to go back and fix.
  • 50,000 was not as many words as I would have thought.  And 1,670 a day was even less.  By the end, I was blowing through that in a day.  Like a muscle, your writer’s brain can be built through exercise.
  • A person can’t write like this all the time, but I have made a commitment to myself.  I found this process so inspiring and motivating, that I decided my own self-imposed NaNoWriMo was the way to go.  So, December I give myself a break.  And then January, I’m trying this again. For myself.  Just because.  If I could write this much in one month, I can finish my work faster – I just have to force myself to put the pedal to the metal!
Check out my totals below:

Story Key:

Short Stories: OH, C2SS
Novel Length Urban Fantasy: OK
Novel Length Romantic Comedy: LI
Novel Length Space Opera: DG

11/26: 1227 words of OK – This was the day I won NaNo!!!  I wasn’t feeling very well and had a late day out, but I managed to cross the finish line!

11/27: 1084 words of DG, 528 words of LI, 1006 words of OK – 2618
11/28: 1093 words of OK, 1570 words of LI – 2663

11/29: 420 words of LI, 1729 words of OK = 2419

Lastly, before this blog returns to its regularly scheduled insanity, I would like to thank my readers for the support, encouragement, and conversation you gave me throughout this process.  This was fun, but a little jarring at times, and I wouldn’t have made it through had I not had such a great online community.
Thank you, and I will be back next week with a look at Perception vs. Reality in the world of writing.
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