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