NaNoWriMo 2014: The Aftermath

Ah, welcome to December.  Normally I’d write something in about cold, dreariness, and snow, but it’s shockingly warm in my part of the world.  November is done, and with it, another wonderful month of NaNoWriMo.  My final count was 56,315, which is less than I wanted (I was hoping for 60K), but better than 50K, so I can’t complain to much.  As I’ve said on here before, I still have a long way to go in the story.

The most recent message from the powers-that-be at NaNoWriMo asked writers the following three questions, and I think it’s a good exercise to actually answer them.

What are you most proud of achieving this month?

I’m proud that I wrote almost every day, and that my daily word count was consistently over 1,667.  Even while I was on vacation, I made time to write.  I think that none of us really have time to do anything–we make time for the things that we prioritize.  I’m proud of myself for sticking to my plan.  I’m also proud of hitting 50K.

What did you learn about yourself as a writer?

Writing non-linearly really helped me this month (thanks Scrivener).  When I got stuck on scenes, instead of forcing myself to write crap, I could just switch to something else.  That’s not something that I used to really allow myself to do.  Part of that was because my brain used to go crazy if I didn’t work linearly.  But using Scrivener helped me make sure that the parts were still organized enough that switching scenes or even complete parts of the story worked out well.

What excites you about this draft of your NaNo-novel?

It’s a LOT different than anything I’ve written previously.  I found myself browsing the Science Fiction forums because I missed writing that kind of story.  This is solidly more in the Fantasy genre.  It’s a challenge, but it’s interesting to see what I can do with this new world and what the characters can do in that world.  There’s something pretty great about being about to tailor the world to whatever it is that I want.  I’m also really excited to see how this story ends.  I had an idea in my head, but now I’m not so sure–there have already been some twists that I wasn’t expecting.

Overall, I definitely think this was a successful November.  Looking forward to continuing my daily word count into December and beyond!

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3 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2014: The Aftermath

  1. Congratulations on your NaNoWriMo win! I just tried Scrivener for the first time during NaNo, and I will say, for the reason you explained and many others, I don’t think I can ever go back to Word!

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