The #NaNoWriMo Sad Face

NaNoWriMo is almost over. I’ve done well. Or good. Okay, I guess. I’m not going to win, sadly. As of this morning, I’m just under 22,000 words. I’m hoping to make it to the 25,000 mark before the end of the month. That’ll make this my most successful NaNoWriMo to date, but still no winning for me.

I started off really, really well. I wrote much of the 20,000 before the 15th of the month. After that, I slowed down to just a couple hundred words a day, which is why I haven’t made much progress since then.

But, I’m happy with how far I did get. I’m about eight chapters into my story, and I’ve already posted one chapter on FFNet and will post one a week. My goal is to stay ahead of the posting. If I can get one new chapter done each week, then I’ll be happy.

I love NaNoWriMo, but as I said in this post here, it would be the motivation part of the process that would ruin it for me. It did. I wrote every single day of the month, but some days I just couldn’t get more than a few hundred words out of my keyboard.

But, I digress. Here are a few things I noticed/learned about this year’s event:

  • My outline-ish that I posted on this site in October, was only followed a bit. The chapters I have so far only marginally follow what I thought out in October.
  • Linear writing is hard. I ended up skipping around quite a bit in my story, so I have parts of chapters done, but not others. This will likely make posting harder later.
  • I use a lot of words. I ignore dialogue. This is a problem that will have to be corrected as I edit and post.
  • Music doesn’t help. I can write my History articles with music in the background. I’m writing this with music going. But for some reason, when I write fiction, music becomes a distraction.
  • Outlines won’t work. I won’t call what I did this year an outline, despite it being more of a plan than I normally have. But I now know for sure that a full-blown outline will never work for me. I wouldn’t follow it at all. I wish it would work, but it doesn’t. I’m a Pantser, I guess.
  • My length of a chapter is around 2500 words. I can’t write more than that in a chapter because I feel like I’m not making progress. This is great because it allows me to write faster and keep the big MO, but it is also bad because it sometimes rushes the story. I seem to have it in my mind that each chapter has to have a new event, separate from what came before. That moves the plot along too fast and shortens the events that need to be covered in vast detail.
  • I’ll reiterate that dialogue needs to be more important to me.
  • Editing is going to be fun.
  • I’ll be posting on FFnet once a week. I’ll post the first two chapters here this weekend.

I’m sure there’s more, but that’s enough for now. I’m going to go write some more and see if I can’t get to that 25,000 word mark.

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