My-One-And-Only-Post-NaNoWriMo Post

Any minute now the blog-o-sphere is going to be swamped with NaNoWriMo posts – what people did, and didn’t do to make their goals, what they learned about themselves, how they would do it differently next time, and what they are going to do next … so I’m going to get ahead of the crowd and do mine first.

What I did: I did make the 50,000 word count, in spite of two weeks off in the middle, and I NEVER want to write like that again!

What I didn’t do: I didn’t do a detailed enough outline. I spent too much time looking out the window, thinking, (out loud) “What the f*** happens next?” and, “Where did that character come from?”

I suspect Widdercat, banished from cuddles for the entire time, partly because of my radiation treatment, and partly because I have not mastered single-handed typing, had a paw in the sudden surprise appearance of characters who wanted the entire story to themselves. Kitty revenge! … If I had the whole month, this might not have been such a problem – the outlining, not Widdercat.

What I learned about myself: I have a writing style that is not suited to the pursuit of quantity only. I edit as I go, not a lot with a first draft, but more than is compatible with ‘the need for speed’.

What I would do differently next time: Apart constructing a more detailed outline and not having two weeks off? If I decide to do it next year, not much else.

What’s next: Finish the story. It’s only half written!

P.S. I forgot this!

P.S. I forgot this!


“Art Hurts. Art urges voyages – and it is easier to stay at home” – Gwendolyn Brooks, 1917–2000, poet


19 comments on “My-One-And-Only-Post-NaNoWriMo Post

  1. W. R. Woolf says:

    Congratulations on your completion of NaNoWriMo, I hope you’ll have fun completing the novel 🙂


  2. Cool! 50K is a mighty huuuuuuuge feat. Congrats! I signed up two days late, wrote one day’s worth, came back the second day and said later which eventually became not ever. I knew before I signed up that I couldn’t write that way, but I deluded myself that maybe I could. LOL


  3. Ah, November. The month I don’t write at all, thanks to a highly unsuccessful NaNo attempt one year. Instead I hide away and play solitaire. Lots and lots and lots of it. 🙂


  4. jannatwrites says:

    I’m impressed – congrats for reaching 50K! I had to crack up at your wondering what happened next or where a character came from. Hate it when that happens 🙂


  5. Dear Widdershins,
    Congratulations! I planned to do Nanowrimo this year, but changed my mind. When I first did Nano, I discovered that not worrying about punctuation put me in a post Nano dilemma. I didn’t know who said what because I didn’t put quotation marks or who said what.

    The next time I did it, I split my work up between different works I had already started. I bothered with punctuation and I was a happier person while writing and also while revising.

    Thanks for sharing your humor and your experiences with us.

    Celebrate you and your love of life


  6. jamieayres says:

    Congrats!!! *throws confetti*


  7. Congratulations! I totally feel with you about not outlining enough. That did me in for the Pendragon project. But strangely enough, it wasn’t a problem with the mystery!


  8. “Finish the story, it’s only half written” … This is why I have not done Nano. I appreciate the concept, but since I write very regularly, I don’t need the “push” to keep going. And when I’m done (usually in 1.5-two months) I’d rather have a viable first draft then something that is not really complete. I’d much rather spend an extra two weeks writing, and a few LESS months editing.

    Congrats for hitting 50,000 though!


  9. londonmabel says:

    WIDDERCAT!!! At laaaaast my love has come along…

    Well congrats on your word-ahj, and good luck with the rest of the book. 🙂


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