NaNoWriMo Recap

NaNoWriMo 2012 is done! I finished with 50,004 words on the 29th. I didn’t even finish the sentence I was on. When I looked up and saw I had met my word count I stopped writing and went to class. That’s not to say that I didn’t want to keep writing, I really did. Right now I am ramping up to the climax where mysteries will be revealed and bad guys death with and what not. Al the really fun stuff to write. But it will have to wait a little bit to finish off. I’ve got finals to contend with for the next fortnight so the only writing I can responsibly accomplish is the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday blog posts.

My Novel
It doesn’t have a title right now and we didn’t really get along that well until 30k so I’m guessing that the first part of it will need a lot of rewriting. Partway through the month I was doubting whether or not to even pursue this story or whether I should meet my word count and then forget it ever existed.

By the end of the month there were enough scenes that I loved, enough characters that seemed reasonable, and it had the kind of plot points and twists that kept me interested and wanting to read more. I’m excited to write the end of this story. That usually means it’ll be exciting to read and anything exciting to read is worth rewriting.

My Goals and What I Learned
The first thing I learned is that going to school full time is no excuse to not do NaNoWriMo. If anything it’s the next best writing situation next to unemployment. The only times that I felt I didn’t have time to write were the times when I was being lazy. By the end of it I found the balance between writing NaNoWriMo and writing assignments. I set writing time aside and knew that if I didn’t do it then it wouldn’t get done.

It was not a impossible task to write 2k a day. Although, I did not stick to it due to laziness. During the last week I had to do 3k a day to finish on time. It’s good to know that I can get some serious writing done while still in school and I will utilize this in my second semester.

As for my blog my goal was not to miss any posts but that didn’t work out. Most of the posts I wrote for November were written in October. In fact I think I only wrote two in November so I ended up missing a couple Wednesday posts. Sorry about that. But I will do better in December.

December Writing Goals
Now that NaNoWriMo is done I need to set new goals. During the brake I have a few books that I want to read – Ruin, The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – and I also want to write two short stories.

Not just any short stories. I’m going to write two Ronos short stories. It’s going to be awesome. I’ve already started the first one. It was going to be the first chapter of Ronos book 2 but it works better as a short story. Have you read Catalyst yet? Do you remember Raymond mentioning something about Capilano? That’s what this short story will be revolving around. The second one will be an awesome Imp story.

When Will You Get to Read My NaNoWriMo 2012?
Short answer. I don’t know. Is it enough to say that you will be able to read it someday? Right now I’m up to my eyebrows in Ronos 2 rewriting and school work. But If that goes well I could see this getting the readable draft treatment in the summer.

Until then you can read my NaNoWriMo 2010 book, Catalyst: Book 1 in the Ronos Trilogy. You might even win a copy for free on Goodreads.

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2 Responses to NaNoWriMo Recap

  1. Good to hear the words feel potentially publishable, and interesting to hear that it’s possible to write both for NaNo and for assignments. I’ll be honest, I’d be a lot more reluctant to do yet more writing if I had to spend any real length of time doing some for an assessment. I’d be more inclined to replace ‘laziness’ in that context with something more akin to ‘burn-out’!

    • Burning out is very possible. I had to spread out my writing to avoid the burn outs. Plus none of my assignments were too crazy. The longest one was 2500 which isn’t that bad. The good thing about sticking to the 2k a day routine is that if you miss a day it’s easy to catch up with two 3k days.

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