At the left are my project statistics for “Hunter,” the working title for my NaNoWriMo Novel. I FINALLY FINISHED TODAY with the help of my NaNoWriMo writing group at the coffee shop today at 110,659 words. HOLY COW! It comes out to about 300ish pages.
…..How did I write all that in one month?
To be honest, the last week of NaNoWriMo, I got super burnt out–it happened just as I reached the 100K mark. The end was so close, and yet, so bitter, so far. I pushed through the last 10.5K, and am pleased to announce that my rough draft is DONE! Yeah…It’s going to need to be edited big time. But today, I celebrate! I’m going to let this puppy sit for about a month, have it all printed out, and then go over the rough draft with a highlighter while dressed in my PJ’s, sipping chai tea.
For now, though, I rest on my laurels. I rejoice! My friend came by and gave me a massage today (aaaah!)
Friend: Wow, your back is so tight–that’s really bad. What did you do all month?
Me: *half sheepish, half proud*… I wrote a 300 page novel…
Friend: Whoa…you did what? Okay, I’m going to apply some pressure now…
Me: *melts into puddle of goo*
What went well this year:
Unlike last year, when my novel came out to 500 pages over a 3 month writing course that was started in NaNoWriMo, this year, I forced myself to finish everything in one month. It’s better that way–I didn’t follow every plot bunny that jumped across my path, so the story reads a bit more coherently. (I hope.)
Also, being the ML (municipal liaison) for my town was awesome. A lot of my success came from having a killer writing group–THANKS GUYS!
Lastly, the noveling software Scrivener, as always, played a big part for me. I can’t even tell you how much I love this software–it is like photoshop for novels. I strongly recommend that anyone who is serious about writing try this program out!
Last but not least, I made a killer playlist on grooveshark to novel to:
Hunter by rayro on Grooveshark
What my plans are for post NaNo:
Well, like I said, I’m going to let my novel sit, then read over the whole draft and make the big, sweeping changes that need to be made. Then it’s time to edit, edit, edit. I would like to publish this novel. I think it has a lot of potential. Maybe when I can get my head stuck on straight, I’ll post an excerpt here:)
And I’m going to treat myself. I’m going out to dinner tonight. I’m getting a pro massage tomorrow (yaaaaaaaaaar). I pretty much need to rest my aching typing fingers and go dancing…and do more yoga. As I survey my kingdom, I see that the dishes are piled to the ceiling, I’m out of socks and underwear, and the spiders have taken the opportunity while I was distracted to set up house…in my house. And then there’s work….
….I’ve been avoiding that this past month, as much as possible :X
So, time to get back into life and out of my novel. It’s a little strange, settling into life without my novel to keep me company. But I am enjoying the sweet sweet feeling of completion. Ahhhhhhhhhh.
Happy end of NaNoWriMo everyone. Hope your journey was exhilarating like mine was:)