Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A quick update

So... In the end I didn't hit 50k for NaNo. Got heart-breakingly close, though, at 41k.

In the end, my characters started doing weird things and I felt burn-out coming, so I decided to stop. Still, I do have a whole first draft and the start of another.

That's good enough for me.

I now have a rough idea for what needs to happen in the new WiP, so once I feel ready to write, it won't be as hard to get the words down, I don't think.

Other than that, though, things are quiet.

I have to get some painting done, but I just feel like messing about for a few days, so I'm playing computer games.

How are you doing? Who won NaNo? Who reached goals but didn't win? Who did neither? What are you all planning to do in December?

22 comments:

  1. Don't worry about missing the word count. The point is that the contest got you writing. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thanks! And you're right. The main thing I wanted from NaNo was to kickstart my drafting.

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  2. You did better than me! I came in at just over 30k. But I did achieve more than I expected to, so I still see myself as a winner! (That's what I'm telling myself anyway)

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    1. That's a great word count for such a short time! Be proud of yourself.

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  3. It's nice to have a rough idea of what will happen in the story. I'm there, too. Now to write....

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    1. Hahaha yeah I often know where the book is headed, but procrastinate when it comes to actually writing it.

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  4. I didn't finish my first NANO, but I still got a book out of it and that's what counts. I finished this year, but still have a ways to go to get a 'real' book finished. Lots of research still ahead.

    Pat yourself on the back -- YOU DID GOOD!

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    1. Thanks! I know what you mean. NaNO is far from being the be-all and end-all of writing achievement.

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  5. Don't think about what you didn't achieve, congratulate yourself on what you did.

    Well done!

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  6. I didn't do NaNo, but you sound like you have a great start by taking that on. Congrats.

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  7. You still knocked out a lot of words though. I missed winning BuNo this past June by 4000 words, but it put me in the mode of writing and I completed the book in July.

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    1. Yeah and getting into writing mode is so better than any amount of words done in a month. :-)

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  8. 41k is still awesome! I managed the word count, but still haven't finished the novel. I guess that's what I'll be doing the next few weeks. :)

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    1. Congrats! I know your novel will be great.

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  9. Congrats, Misha!! 41,000 is no slouch job!! Most people don't realize what an effort it takes to write a book, be proud of what you accomplished!! You're on your way!!

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    1. Thanks! It's true, hey. I think my mom wanted me to do drug tests because I became so anti-social in November.

      Luckily, she didn't say anything. :-P

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  10. My characters started doing weird things as well by the end. 41k is a great number. It's hard - I was lucky that I had whole days to devote to writing. Good luck with the rest of it!

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  11. I "won" NaNo and managed to write 50,000 words worth of an ending. That's it. So now, I'm doing another challenge all my own called DecNoWriMo (I know, I suck at the acronyms lol) where I'm going to aim for my total book count that I wanted in NaNo of 75,000 (I'm horribly behind schedule but at least I'm writing). I am now working on the beginning and trying to lead into the middle which will lead into the end...I hope. 41K is definitely a great number :)

    Happy writing!
    Megan @ Megz Madd Readz and my author blog, too Writing One Word at a Time

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    1. Well done! Hope DecNoWriMo is going well for you. :-)

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