This afternoon, I wrote my fifty thousand, two hundred and eighty fourth word for NaNo. Yeah!
This was my very first experience of NaNoWriMo and because I have a busy weekend coming up, I've reached the target three days early. When I think back to the start on November 1st, I could not have envisaged doing that so no, NaNo was not a no-no for me!
I realise that all the really hard work starts now but taking part in the project has proved to me that I can:
- produce an extended piece of writing. Up until now, both my college dissertations were only 10,000 words each and my children's novel was around 13,000 words.
- sustain an idea and work through a plot and sub-plots
- get to know characters by immersing myself in their company. As I wrote, I found out things about them that I could never have imagined when I met them first.
- keep to the target word count and even exceed it. On the few occasions when I couldn't write, I made sure I made up for it by writing more the next time I came back to writing.
Here is what my stats chart looks like today:
What were the drawbacks?
- a lot of my time has been taken up writing. I'm retired so have the luxury of doing what I want each day. I can imagine that writers with full time jobs or young children to look after would have to find the time from their already busy lives.
- I didn't edit. I just wrote....and wrote. I can see that I have most likely made the editing and redrafting of the novel much harder.
- I don't know if the writing is good enough. By concentrating on getting the words down and keeping to the word count target, I didn't reflect on what I had written.
- I hadn't done enough research so there are gaps in the story where accurate details will need to be added to give the novel authenticity.
- I've neglected my on-line critique group. I've managed to attend all the writing group meetings locally and sent the odd message of congratulations or encouragement but I haven't taken the time to actually download a story and critique it. Sorry!
Thanks to these people for their support:
- My Nano writing buddies who have sent encouraging messages, especially Susanna Bavin, Sue McDonagh, Samantha Bacchus, Kath Eastman.
- Members of my on-line critique group, Write-critical.
- Make and decorate a Man City football cake for Isaac, my grandson, who's going to be seven next Friday.
- And maybe....start my Christmas shopping!
All our circumstances will have been different and so will our goals. I hope that NaNoWriMo 2014 was a good experience for you. Please leave a comment and share your experience if you took part this year.
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