Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Now that it's over

My final word count for NaNoWriMo was 18,835. It's a long way from 50,000, but I'm pleased anyway. Considering how much time I actually spent writing, I think I did pretty darn good!

It feels good to be able to work on the book without the pressure of NaNoWriMo. But at the same time, that pressure was a big part of what kept me going during November. I'm grateful for the challenge it gave me, and that I have a new novel in the works that shows promise.

If I had to guess right now, I'd say that half of what I've written is going to get tossed out. Even as I was writing during those crazy weeks, there were times when I knew I was writing something--anything--just to keep the story going. There is a draft to finish and then the work really begins! Scenes will be cut or moved, dialogue polished, all those "telling" paragraphs rewritten to show the story happening.

I wonder how much of that I can get done in December?

Now, join me in congratulating Daughter #1! She joined the Young Writers Program for NaNoWriMo and set a goal of 20,000. She did it! She wrote a little over 20,000 words of her fantasy novel. This is her second time participating in NaNoWriMo and her first win. So, congrats J!


  1. Congrats to your daughter! When I was young, 500 words were a big deal! Telling vs. showing. Oh how I struggle with that!

  2. Oh, awesome! Good for her!

  3. 500 words did seem like a lot when I was in school! She did a very cool thing that I would never have dared to try when I was her age.

  4. Really appreciated your comments about NaNoWriMo as someone who's too chicken to do it. Congrats to you for those nearly 19,000 words and to your daughter for her win!!

  5. Congrats to you both!


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