I crossed the line on this year’s NaNoWriMo with my science fiction / horror book Jezero Station. That’s 50,000 words in 28 days (I did it yesterday). The book isn’t finished and will probably get nearer 70,000. I hope you’ll forgive a brief moment of self-congratulation (ok, boasting!).
My early thoughts on the experience are:
- Easier than 2013 (my first time)
- Much of the writing is rough draft but some bits I am really pleased with
- I had two other ideas for NaNoWriMo this year and came to Jezero Station late in the day. I roughed out the outline but not a lot more. The writing flowed because I knew what my story was
- I didn’t focus on word count at any point. If a ‘scene’ became two, long connected scenes that was fine. In 2013 I tried hard to make each scene be at least 1,250 words. Fine mathematically, this year was about writing the story
- I think I am a better writer. I didn’t have to force the writing sessions, had a couple of days when I couldn’t write and didn’t stress.
I hope you’ve enjoyed your NaNoWriMo (or will have by Monday) – do let me know how it went! Next up, finish the draft, let it rest then edit!