NaNoWriMo Wrap Up Spectacular
We failed! Spectacularly!
You want more? Okay, well, if you aren’t up to speed, Z and I each tried to write a 50,000-word novel starting November 1 and ending on the 30th. Z had to drop out due to real life getting in the way. I, on the other hand, did finish a full draft, but I only got to 23,668 words before the family came over for Thanksgiving and ruined any chance at adding on to that number. So by NaNo standards, we both failed. I know a friend or two that did get to 50k (way to go, Joelle!) but neither of us did.
Believe it or not, I’m actually pleased with my result. Now, considering about 90-95% of the thing was done during downtime at work (regular business hours, 5 days a week), I feel that’s impressive. I also had a feeling that I wasn’t going to get 50k out of this story, even with a 2nd draft. That may sound like sour grapes, but I was eyeballing 30-35k for about 2-3 weeks, so I was realistic the whole time. My goal was to finish the story, not hit an arbitrary word count. Possibly the best achievement I had was that I was very good at steady word production. Most of the time, I either stopped when I ran out of time or I finished a chapter. I can only recall one point in writing my roman à clef where I just couldn’t continue writing, but that was at a very difficult point in the book emotionally. If you read my story, you can probably guess where I stalled out, but you’ll also notice that there are still plenty of words after that point.
If you want to check out how I did, do a search for otdt_chris. There, you’ll find my story. I might go back and update it, so keep a lookout on that. I may also parlay this into some convention-speaking opportunities because of reasons. If you did NaNo, I hope your experience was just as fruitful as ours, if not more. Maybe we should try this again next year :3