November 29 2011

NaNoWriMo — complete

So, I’ve got my 50,000 words written–50268 by the official count and I have a few thoughts. Firstly, I am quite glad that I decided to give NaNoWriMo a try. It “forced” me to think about a story in a fair amount of depth and gave me a feel for just how much 50,000 words are. And, how much are they–well, both less than you might think and more.
50,000 words are less than you might think in that it is a bit light for a full blown novel–after I compiled it (Scrivener) I get 132 pages and it also doesn’t completely tell the story I want to write. For the purposes of the event, I went ahead and put in an ending, but for the full purpose of a novel, the work is certainly not any where done (more later on that.)
50,000 words is more than you might think in that it is a lot of words to write in a part time fashion in the space of a month (especially one with holidays in it.)
When I first started, I noticed right away that my desire was to go back and revise what I had put down. That strategy was obviously not going to cut it to make the deadline. So I ruthlessly suppressed my background editor and pounded out text. Some of it is almost acceptable but it all needs work, but as background material and a starting point for an actual endeavor I think it will work out fairly well. I’ll keep you posted on where this heads.

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  1. By EEGiorgi on

    Congratulations! I’ve never done NaNo myself, though I’ve had in the past spurs that got out that many words in one month. I agree that it is a tour de force and you really have to silence your inner editor. It’s a beautiful achievement but also a great starting point. You’ve probably got the hardcore of your story down, so now comes the fun part: tying it all together. Have fun with it! 🙂

    1. By Steven Halter (Post author) on

      Thanks! Yeah, I think the bones are there. Tying, expanding and rewriting. I think a starting point is a good definition of what I have at the moment.


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