Monday, November 30, 2015

NaNoWinForMe

I am going to lose NaNoWriMo this year.

It kind of kills me because this November is the first November in more than a decade where I haven't been working a soul-sucking, 60-hours-a-week job that severely hinders my ability to write.

Nope, it turns out that I can do that all on my very own.

But, to be fair, I did start four days late and then had to take a few days off in the middle of the month, so is it any wonder that I'm in a 14,000-word hole?

Probably not. Maybe. I don't know.

But, on the bright side (a place in which I don't spend nearly enough time, I know), I did manage to write 36,000 words in Full Circle—otherwise known as Book Three in my fantasy series, or the novel I wasn't going to start until sometime in 2016—and I may even not delete some of them when it comes time to look at it again.

Most of it, though, I think is destined for the Deleted Scene file, as it shows just how unorganized I've been with this project thus far. I attempted to plot out at least a bit of it—the broad strokes, at the very least—but I don't have the handle on the story that I need to have.

My plotting efforts

The problem is that I'm still clinging to the way that Full Circle was supposed to go, based on the way that Second Nature was supposed to end...and didn't. There was a ripple effect that I haven't seen the end of yet. Or, you know, accepted, apparently.

But it's okay. There's bound to be something worth salvaging in that 36,000 words (I have yet to scrap an entire NaNo project), even if it's ultimately decided that the story needs to go in the complete opposite direction as it's going now.

Which probably won't happen. (She says like she actually has any idea at all. Which she does not.)

But it's okay. Even if I couldn't pull out a win, I'm glad to have done it.


Did you participate in NaNoWriMo this month? If so, how'd you do?

33 comments:

  1. That's still a lot of words! Well done. I didn't do NaNo this month as I had two weeks where I had family stuff to do and wouldn't be able to write. I did finish a novella I was writing, though.

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    1. Yeah, the days I took off in the middle were family-related. I thought I wouldn't get back to it at all. And though I did, I just never did get my groove back.

      I'm always impressed with how much writing you can get done. Especially knowing how many books you've published this year!

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  2. It sounds to me like you did amazing even if you didn't win - 36,000 words is nothing to sneeze at.

    I won, but didn't quite reach the goal I was aiming for. I decided to stop where I was rather force an ending I knew I'd have to change later. So, I'm good. :)

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    1. None of my NaNo project have ever even gotten to the end. I just seem to meander around the middle for 30 days. :)

      Congrats on your win!

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  3. That's still a good chunk of words done.
    I won a few years ago but haven't participated since.

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    1. I did 5 years in a row, but missed last year. I really wanted to get that win. Guess I'll just have to do it next year.

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  4. You wrote a lot! Bravo! You did great. 36 000 words is fantastic. You definitely kicked my butt. I didn't participate in NaNo.

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    1. I hadn't planned on participating. It just got to be November 4th, and I was feeling left out, I guess. :)

      But yes, all things considered, I did write a lot.

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  5. I don't think there's such a thing as losing NaNo. Everyone who writes for NaNo is a winner in my book. :)

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    1. I just don't get the shiny winner's badge, though. :)

      Better luck next year!

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  6. I never do NaNo. I think 36K is pretty terrific. And I'm sure you can save some of it.

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    1. My first NaNo experience was in 2009...and now I'm kind of addicted to it. I sure hope I can salvage something from this month's experience.

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  7. Even if you didn't win, you did something. I didn't NaNo at all this year because I had too many revisions to get through. I hope to do my own private NaNo in March or something so I can get the first draft of a new book down.

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    1. Maybe you could do a Camp NaNoWriMo session next year? The goals are quite flexible during the summer sessions.

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  8. 36,000 words is a great start, and it sounds like you are already realizing some things that need to change, which is a good thing. Mark them down and keep writing! :)

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    1. Oh yes, I was writing scenes and thinking the entire time, "yeah...this does not line up with the rest of the series at all."

      Better luck next time!

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  9. Hey, NaNo got you that many words and hopefully you can use more than you think. Celebrate the small things, right?

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  10. It's too bad that you didn't win, but sometimes life just gets in the way. And you did pretty good. The important thing is that you were writing :)

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    1. And I was actually excited about it. Bonus!

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  11. 36 thousand words is great! Good for you!

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  12. Sometimes you have to write what isn't going to be in the story so you'll know. I guess. (Not that I've been doing any of that lately. Writing, I mean.) Perhaps these scenes will make a good short story someday.

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    1. I write a lot of scene just to see how I end up feeling about them, and today I was thinking that I should write some more to see if I want to take the story down a different path. As much story planning as I normally do, there always seems to be an awful lot of guess work. Maybe I'm not planning as well as I think?

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  13. Congrats on all the words, even if you do end up deleting most of 'em! That word count is so impressive. And oh, I can relate far too well to clinging to an old version of a project. Once I let it go and relent to the new direction, though, I usually find myself wondering why I was ever so stubborn in the first place. Best of luck plotting!

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    1. I generally experience the same thing when I finally let go. But I've never, ever been known for letting things go. Never. :)

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  14. I participated, but stopped at around 20k. I just couldn't deal with everything involved with my new job and writing at the same time.

    That ripple effect you've mentioned is why I decided to never write a first draft to a sequel before the book before it is absolutely, positively finalized.

    I had to re-draft the sequel to The Heir's Choice three times because of the edits The Heir's Choice had to go through. Now I'm rewriting it to my computer and... guess what. More ripples and more changes.

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    1. Yeah. I should have known better than to write it—and actually hadn't planned on starting it until next year sometime—but it just kind of happened. I just really, really, wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. But who knows—maybe I'll end up using the whole thing. Or even the majority of it. Fingers crossed!

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  15. I didn't try Nano this year...three time was enough for me (or more like the one year I didnt finish was enough pressure for me) I think you should celebrate what you did get done!

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    1. This is my sixth year NaNo-ing, and my second "loss". It does make me crazy, but I still love to do it every year.

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  16. 36,000 words is awesome. Sounds like a personal win to me!

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  17. I consider that 36K to be a good jumpstart on 2016. And I totally know how you feel about things going an opposite direction. I've had to rethink my stories quite a few times based on what I wrote.

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