I know I’m a little late, but I thought waiting a week would give us all a chance to recover from the insanity that is National Novel Writing Month.
How did you do? Did you meet your goal? Were you a rebel this year, or a traditionalist? Change you mind halfway through and swap stories?
While I’ve been a Nano Rebel for the last couple of years (ie working pre-existing projects or doing edits) I decided to go the traditional route this year, and started with a new story from scratch, The Gothic Ladies Literary Society. This is a paranormal fantasy set in 1863 in England, in which the evil Hellfire Club is trying to overthrow the crown, and the only thing standing between them and their goals is a handful of female writers. Basically, I took the new Ghostbusters, Charmed, and all my favorite Gothic novels and put them in a blender, and this is what poured out on the page. It was quite a lot of fun to write.
I hit 50,000 words on 11/26, and finished the first draft at 55,000 words on 11/29, which is a huge accomplishment! This is the first year I’ve had not just 50,000 words, but a completed draft at the end of the month, and I also finished BEFORE 11/30. I’ve been doing this since 2012, and have never finished early. Usually I’m camped out somewhere trying to validate at 11:30pm. One year, I was sitting in the empty living room of the house we were moving into, frantically writing the last 200 words and trying to validate while movers and my parents hauled in furniture around me.
We always try to have the internet hooked up before we move in.
How did you do? Were you a rebel this year? Did you meet your personal goal?
It’s okay to not hit 50k, and it’s okay to not finish your draft. Just keep writing!
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