NaNoWriMo Recap

Because I Know You’re Dying to Know
I’m sure you’ve been coming back to this blog everyday to see if there is news about my NaNoWriMo goals this year and since I did promise to get back to regular blogging in December I suppose I’ll give you the details.

I didn’t meet all my goals.  That’s the short answer.  You can stop reading if you don’t want to know the story or the awesome news that occurred this round of NaNoWriMo.

 The Good
I did get past 50k.  Thank goodness.  That would have been way below what I am now capable of.  But I didn’t get much more than that so I shouldn’t talk myself up too much.

My final word count was ^@@^@.   Sorry.  I was holding down the shift key because I wanted the numbers to be in capital letters.  It’s a big number; I needed to make it look important.  Since there is only one size of number without messing around with the font I’m just going to leave it the way that it is and let you figure it out for yourself.  Also, I kind of like the way that looks.  I might start doing that for all the important numbers I want to communicate.  I’ll call them Capital Numbers in future posts so that you know what’s up.

I broke my personal record for most words written on one day. 15k.  Pretty impressive.  I should use Capital Numbers. !%… that one doesn’t look as impressive.  Especially since I wanted to add an exclamation point at the end.

The Bad
One of my goals was to finish the third book in my Ronos trilogy.  I didn’t accomplish this goal.  I got two-thirds through the book and I’m a little disappointed with this because I wanted to say I wrote four books since last November but now I can only say I wrote almost four books.

But then I gave my head a shake and remembered why I made that goal in the first place.  It was back when I had just finished book one and there was something about the ending that was really bothering me but I couldn’t fix it until I knew how the beginning of book two went.  But what happened in book two depended on some events in book three so I set the goal to write all of them before I started anymore major edits (if you are keeping track that’s only three books; to meet my goal of four books in a year I did a separate story for the 3 Day Novel Writing Contest.  It’s called Mulligan and it was crazy fun to write. I have more information about it on my About page).

I didn’t finish the trilogy but I got what I needed.  I know what happens.  I know how the story ends, who lives and dies, who finds their true love, who ends up alone and miserable, and how it all happens.  Using these ups and down I can rewrite more effectively and confidently.

New Goals
My first new goal is to get married in January.  I’m putting off any major writing projects until after that because it is way too hard to concentrate.  After that I do have a couple of things that I want to work on.

I want to get a good work rhythm going for writing and editing at the same time.  Like writing one book and editing an other.  Me and a friend of mine came up with a really cool story concept a few years ago and I really want to tell you that story.  It keeps me up at night because it’s so cool but I don’t have anything written down yet.  So I want to start that series and edit Ronos at the same time.

Not just edit.  I want to publish.  I want 2012 to be the year I have a book you can buy and read and then pester me about when the next one comes out because the first one was so entertaining.

In summary my tentative goals for the next writing year (November to November) are:

1)Get married
2)Learn to write and edit at the same time
3)Start a new young adult series
4)Publish Ronos Part 1:Catalyst

I’ll add more and refine these in the next few months.

Gripping stuff.  Stay tuned.

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4 Responses to NaNoWriMo Recap

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  2. Desirée Kastendieck says:

    Is the new series the one you and Matt were brainstorming? If so, good! I want to be able to know more about it so if it’s written, I will. 🙂

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