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Friday, December 2, 2011

NaNoWriMo wrap-up

Congrats to all the winners!  I didn't quite make it, resolving my story at just over 35,000 words.  It will surely expand to 50+ when I rewrite it.
I learned something about myself.  I didn't plan out my novel with outlines.  I knew roughly what I wanted the story arc to be, but left a lot of things open.  Even while writing, I was reluctant to move the story forward, and I realized that I wanted to enjoy the suspense that I hoped to provide the reader.  I didn't want to spoil MY OWN NOVEL.  I don't know if that's incredibly stupid, or brilliant, or common.  But it came as a surprise to me when I realized it.


  1. It's not crazy. (Or at least: not crazier than NaNoWriMo itself.) Every November, people ask "what are you writing about" and I just handwave an answer, because I don't want to ruin the plot points before they're on paper -- I'm afraid they'll evaporate and then won't "stick" when I actually write them down. (Talking of crazy.)

  2. I think it's a valuable insight into your own writing -- for this particular novel, at least.

    To me, the REAL challenge of NaNo is to actually finish the novel afterwards.

  3. I can understand. And you enjoyed the process, right? So you "won"!


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