NaNoWriMo

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Well friends, November is finished, and I may therefore return to the land of the living.

In case you didn’t know, I did NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) again this year. This was my third successful attempt at writing fifty thousand words in thirty days.

My intention this year was to write 50k words on my third novel. That meant that I needed to finish my second novel in October. At the start of October, novel #2 was at 85k words or so. Novel #1 was complete in 105k, so I thought I was close-ish to the end of novel #2. Certainly close enough to finish by November.

Ha. Ha. Ha.

By the end of October, novel #2 was at 99k, but not finished. I was a little annoyed, because I didn’t want to break the “start a novel from the beginning” part of NaNo, especially since (I thought) I was on the final scene of novel #2. But ah well. I told myself that the main goal was to churn out 50k words, and it didn’t really matter if I was technically working on two different novels.

So on November 1, I opened a blank document and continued where I had left off on novel #2. Ten days and almost 15k words later, I finished novel #2. Oops. A little longer than I thought it was going to be. But oh well. Onto novel #3! 😀

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35k words later, I’m feeling very excited about where novel #3 is going. My first two novels had one and two POV (point of view) characters, respectively, but this third novel has four. It’s been fun to decide which POV to use when, especially when a switch in POV means a cliffhanger. Each POV change also makes for a perfect chapter break, which makes me feel oddly joyous. Novels one and two each have one ginormous chapter because I wasn’t thinking about chapters when I wrote them. I was just thinking about the story. Novel #3 is on its 21st chapter. This seems like a quantifiable way that I can tell my writing is improving. I’m learning to think about the story from the reader’s perspective as well as from the characters’ perspectives.

FAQ

  1. When are you going to publish your books?  Sometime after I have spent a good deal of time editing them.
  2. Are you going to self publish?  Perhaps, although I would like to pursue a more traditional publishing route first, because those people know what they’re doing, especially with marketing.
  3. Are your books a series?  Yes.
  4. How many books are you going to write in this series?  I think three, but I can’t be sure at this point. When I started writing the first book, I thought it was just going to be one book. Got to the end and realized I was only halfway through the story. When I started writing book #2, I thought the story would be complete in two books. You can see the pattern. I’m 35k into novel #3. We’ll see what happens.

And now on to December. I definitely need a break from writing. My brain…well, it’s a little dead. 50k words in 30 days is a lot, especially since I was writing so much at the end of October too.

But I’m not going to wait too long before getting back into the story. I’m pretty excited about where novel #3 is going. And I did kind of leave them in the middle of a prison break, so…there’s that.

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