NaNo Write-up

I posted in November about how, after several years of avoiding NaNoWriMo, I was finally participating. So how did I do?

Not terribly…not well, by any means, but not terribly. I got almost 20,000 words written, and for the first half of the month wrote nearly every day. The last two weeks, we were on vacation, and while I scribbled a little during that time, it wasn’t nearly as consistent as I’d been before.

Other highlights would be that in one evening (1 1/2 hours, approximately), I got over 3,500 words written, doing thirty-minute word sprints with friends. I’d tried word sprints before and they hadn’t even seemed to work, but for some reason thirty minutes was the exact right length of time. I also started strong right out of the gate, by writing over 2,000 words the first day. Maybe not such a big deal, but for me, it had been–I hadn’t written that much in one sitting since before I started working on publishing Forged Steel (so…about June, I’d guess.)

Part of the fun though was seeing everyone else’s word counts rise as well (even though it caused me a fair amount of stress for a few days.) I had several friends who managed to hit 10K words in one day (they’re crazy, insane people). Would I like to do that some day? Maybe, but I also think it would turn me into a mound of gelatinous goop for a week afterward.

My friend Ben Wolf has started #DeCoWriMo–December Continue Writing Month–to encourage everyone who started novels during NaNoWriMo to continue working on them in December. I definitely plan to do that. I’d hoped to finished Burnt Silver by the end of the year–as I’m only 30,000 words into the story and only on plot point 5 (out of close to forty), I’ve a feeling that goal won’t happen (and that this novel is going to need a LOT of trimming and probably some shifting of material into a novella or something). But I’m still committed to getting it done before the baby comes…so…March 16th, here we go! (though my actual goal is closer to the end of February, as Toby came early and I’ve not reason to suspect this baby won’t be the same.)

Here’s to #DeCoWriMo and another successful month of writing!

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