NaNoWriMo Wrap-Up and More…

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I didn’t win NaNoWriMo. Not even close.

But I did get my first draft to 100K. 100,000 words, people! So if you’re keeping track, I’m officially 2/3 of the way done with my first draft.

You really can lose and still win.


It was a busy month, trying to finish up my online classes, starting a new job, and traveling for Thanksgiving. I didn’t get to write near as often as I usually do, but interestingly, when I did, I spit out far more words. Like lack of productivity on the project made me more productive when I actually had time to work on it.

The most interesting things that happened in November were that I changed the title (though I think it might change yet again) and added another family character. A fourth sister. A dead sister.

I’m impatient to get to revisions, though I know I’ll kind of hate my life while I’m doing them, but still. I already know I have tons of changes to make, especially with this late-game addition, so I’ll have plenty to keep me busy.

My classes are winding down, so I’m hoping to get this draft done by the new year! It’s like I’m taking a second chance at NaNoWriMo. 50K words in December.

Personal, Writing

In Which I Require Your Opinion

Good people of the interwebs! love hearing from and interacting with all you writers and bibliophiles so much, I thought I’d ask your opinion. I graduated from college in June. During the last few months leading up to the end, I couldn’t wait to get back to working on finishing the first draft of my YA novel (I am more than halfway through the draft). But now that I’m graduated and free of school obligations, I find my attentions diverted elsewhere, to another writing project. You see, last summer I wrote a few pages of something. Just something. I didn’t really know where I was going with it, so it was ultimately put away into the figurative pile of “scraps of somethings”. And then in the fall, I started working on my YA novel, from a short story I’d written in high school. So, if you’re keeping score, I essentially shelved that scrap for my YA novel, got busy with school, and now that I’m free, it’s the scrap that’s demanding my attention. I think I’m a little bit stuck with my YA novel. Not very. Just not feeling very compelled to work on it. But I am very, very excited about that scrap, which has been popping back into my head as a bona fida novel-story.
And now I don’t know what to do. Should I press on with the YA novel? Or should I let the scrap have its turn for awhile? I don’t know if it’s just that I’m undisciplined, or have writer’s block, or what.

To add an extra stake, the central character of the scrap novel-story is a post-grad like me.

Also spellcheck wants to correct bonafida as Fibonacci. And I guess the word is not bonafida, bonafide. Spellcheck insists bonafide is actually debonair. Bonafide is also two words.There’s something wonderfully awesome in all of this sidetracking.