Monday, 1 December 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014 - Winner!

Yes! I did it. It was a long month of computer crashes and 4am starts, but I did it and wrapped up 50,000 words early on Sunday. Right in the middle of a crucial scene, too - so I've let myself have one day off today and then back on it tomorrow. After all, writing isn't just done during November, right?

I'd say it was a productive month with Part 2 of my trilogy finished and 17,000 words of my novella prequel written. It will probably require another 10k or so to be done. I had no idea this novella would even exist before NaNo started, so even though I started out by continuing previous work, it still threw up surprises! It was nice to work on something different but still related. I must admit I hit a slight slump during the middle of the month, which equated to the end of Part 2. Endings are always tricky for me and I need to regroup before starting Part 3. Nevertheless, I'm excited about the progress that has been made and looking forward to seeing how it all turns out. Also, I said hello to repetitive phrasing, clumsy constructions and other first draft sins - which I'd always been quite precious about, but that's why it took me so long to write drafts! I learnt from NaNo that getting the story out comes first.

So that's it. I'll try to get back to a regular blogging schedule this month, too.

How was your month? Did you NaNo? Did it go well for you?

22 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on winning, Nick! That's awesome. When I participated, I had to continue writing for a few more weeks to finish my stories as well.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Nick - yes ..many congratulations and it sounds as though it was a productive time for you .. great to feel you want to carry on tomorrow - go for it ..

Cheers Hilary

Sarah Foster said...

Congrats on winning! Maybe some year I'll actually commit to getting a NaNo project done...

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats! One of these years I'll join the NaNo insanity.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Well done, Nick! NaNo went well for me this time around, too. :)

Shelley Sly said...

Congrats on winning NaNo! You're right -- the writing doesn't stop here. :) I didn't participate in NaNo, but I'm simultaneously revising one MS and drafting another, so I've got plenty to work on for the rest of the year. :)

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

Congrats!

J.L. Campbell said...

Congrats on winning. Now the hard work starts. I won too with two clear days to go. It felt good.

Liza said...

Congratulations! I so admire anyone who attempts NaNo, and especially those who complete the task.

Krista McLaughlin said...

Congratulations on winning, Nick! :) Ending can definitely be hard. I just gave mine a quick ending. That's what revisions and editing are for. :)

TBM said...

Congrats. I admire your dedication. And you're right, writing continues after November. Best of luck with the rest!

JeffO said...

Congrats, Nick. I claim NaNo victory as well. Nice job!

Murees Dupé said...

Congratulations! You got a lot done. I didn't participate, but cheered for everyone who did.

DRC said...

Wow! Congratulations on your 50k!! (She said, grumpling away with jealousy...lol)

J.L. Murphey said...

WTG Nick!

Chrys Fey said...

Congratulations on winning NaNo, Nick! I don't think there was any doubt. :)

Morgan said...

Amazing, Nick! Truly. Sooooo proud of you. Such an accomplishment.

Melissa said...

Congrats, Nick! That's awesome! :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Congratulations! That is a lot of writing for one month.

Loni Townsend said...

Grats on winning NaNo and discovering your novella!

Endings are tricky for me too. I skipped writing mine during NaNo, and jumped to the middle of a different POV instead. :)

jamieayres.com said...

I didn't participate, but congrats on crossing the finish line!!

M. J. Joachim said...

Congratulations, Nick! I knew you could do it! Endings can be a little tricky, but I'm sure yours will turn out well, just like Nano did for you. All the best as you move into Part 3 on your book!