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This is late, but that pretty much sums up my NaNoWriMo experience this year. There were many days when I got nothing written, and I got nowhere near 50,000 words, but I feel successful nonetheless.
I have been working on this project off and on for almost 10 years now, stuck on the same 1,000 words or so. In one month, I wrote 15,113 words, more than 15 times what I had before. And I haven’t even incorporated the original 1,000 words that inspired the whole project.
I am going to keep working on it — give me another 10 years, and I might have a novel for you. Actually, if I can maintain even my (very slow) NaNo pace, it might be a novel in six months or so. We’ll see.
- NaNoWriMo (lizbethsgarden.wordpress.com)
- Back In A Writing Mood, NaNoWriMo Followup (laith.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo Wrap-up (writeontheworld.wordpress.com)
Posted by Elizabeth C on December 11, 2011
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I am doing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) again this year. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel (really, more like a novella) in the month of November. I did it 2 years ago and finished a novel that I like very much but I don’t believe I will ever take out of first draft stage. I skipped it last year, but I decided to try again this year. Strictly speaking, I am breaking the rules a little bit this year, because I am not using a brand-new idea. Instead, I am greatly expanding a story that I have been working on for over 10 years now, gradually bringing forth new ideas and adding new characters. I will be adding some of the material I have already written to my NaNo novel, but I am planning on increasing the word count to account for it (ie if I add 2,000 words of previously written material, I will finish November with 52,000 words instead of 50,000.)
I am not off to the best of starts, as I have been unable to begin work (life does get in the way sometimes of even the best laid plans) until today, November 3. I started today needing to write 5,000 words instead of 1,667 (the number one must write to everyday to write the same number of words each day of November). I didn’t manage 5,000. I have written 1,819 so far today (I think I’m done for the day). But if I can manage a few extra every day, I should catch up pretty quickly to where I should be.
I’m not going to inflict the entire thing on you as I write — this novel is very much in flux, and will probably be changing yet again before I’m done. Today, I will leave you with the first line.
I always knew my father was a dangerous man.
Are you doing NaNoWriMo? How’s it going? Tell me in the comments, or leave a link to your
blog or your NaNo work.
Posted by Elizabeth C on November 3, 2011
That night changed it
All — she had never been
The same — never could be — that girl
Was gone — lost in someone else’s anger
But maybe a new innocence
Could be found, forged in love
Written for Daily Writing Practice. Posted here for Poetry Potluck.
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Posted by Elizabeth C on March 21, 2011