Thursday, November 29, 2012

And another NaNo bites the dust!


Ahhh NaNoWriMo is almost over for another year, and for me, and others, it’s already done. I was hoping to finish Sunday evening, but too many 0 and low count word days put a kibosh on that. I will settle for finishing last night J.

I think this was my most successful and mind expanding NaNo yet.

I started out with my outline, and while didn’t follow through as closely as intended after the first act, the basic idea was there. I still love my board and my lined sticky notes! I think I am now a full-fledged Plantster, - a half breed. The secret of writing is to find what works for you and follow it. Then when it stops working, go find something else. I found my something else J.

I didn’t skip. No jumping and writing bits and pieces. Now, to be fair, this is sort of violating NaNo since they want folks to finish a book. I already know I can finish a book. Been there, done that (a few times). So for me having a nice solid start was my goal. I think I’ve done that J.

I also learned that going out on location writing might be a good thing for me. I’ve done a few Starbuck’s write ins before, and the counts were decent. But it wasn’t until Thanksgiving day and a speedy 2050 words (in about an hour and fifteen minutes) at a coffee shop that I realized the power of writing out in the real world.

I’ve re-found my mojo J. Been limping along for almost a year or more with a broken writer mojo. This stomped that problem into the ground. I realized that I need goals and challenges to keep my writer powers activated- so next year I’m going to challenge the heck out of myself- and keep moving forward!

My goals are to finish the rough of this book by end of Jan 2013 (The Four Dragons of the Apocalypse- it’ll have a new word count listing up on this site soon ;). Then finish last year’s project, Sakari’s War in Feb and March. THEN start edits for Dragons and you guessed it—start yet another book ;).

If you NaNo’d this year-congrats- even if you aren’t going to finish, you tried something outside of your normal comfort zone and you should be proud! Hopefully you learned something about your writing along the way J.

And for those of you who finish by Friday night-WOOOO! Rock on, you did GREAT!

Now go finish the book ;).


  1. Good for you. I finished NaNo the first time I tried, and got to over 30,000 words this time before I admitted it wasn't going to happen this year. And I'm okay with that. Honest. I went into creation freeze for a while there and got NOTHING done (including the dishes!) for way too long. So I'm taking a different approach,kicking that fickle muse creature to the curb, and just plain writing.

    1. Good on you Mona! I have long been an avocate of not relying on muses...they are far too fickle!

      Thanks for coming by and I'm glad you are writing :)

  2. Congrats! I like the new term, "plantster" (although I'm still a pure-bred "pantser" at the moment). See you same time, next year. :)

    1. Thanks Traci! Congrats to you for your finish as well :). Maybe someday you'll come to the dark side...of plantsing! ;).

      Thanks for coming by!