Nano Update

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What with it being the 3rd of the month I guess I am due to write a little update on that whole writing 50,000 words in a month thing.

Well I didn’t.

I mean I actually might have done somehow through everything I have written over the course of the month, but the novel that I intended to write for Nano? Yeah I got nowhere near that. At all.

I barely made 15,000 words.

There is a part of me that thought I would be a tad more upset about the whole thing because I did kind of want to achieve it this year again, but I’m not.

One because there is no point in being, and the fact that I learned that the hard way is a tad ridiculous in itself (looking at you 2012). And secondly because I am around 15,000 words further into a first draft of something than I was at the beginning of last month, which isn’t that bad a position to be in in the grand scheme of things.

So I just need to get an actual proper almost bulletproof plot together because I never did quite manage that. I just sort of plodded along writing the dialogue for various scenes because this is a thing that happened to me. I lost the will, or ability or something to write descriptively. It just wouldn’t happen. For anything really. Even the other things that I got ideas for at the back of last week consists solely of speech right now. Like there aren’t any names for these characters or anything. I know who they are in my head, heck I even know what the actions and the setting is doing up there, but that isn’t making it onto paper just yet.

Which is proving troublesome.

Only in the context of it happening slap bang in the middle of Nano. I’m back to talking about that now. I was doing quite well at the beginning of the month, most of the words that I have for it came from the first week pretty much. And then I had a really good weekend where I wrote for pretty much most of it, but that was pretty much it.

Life happened, as it does and the ideas that I had never seemed to be relevant to the story that I was trying to write for the month, obviously. And so it just hangs in the 10-15,000 words bracket for now. Probably will for a bit while I try and figure it all out over the next few weeks.

But that is my update on this for now. The month didn’t go quite as planned, but it wasn’t a total failure either. It gave me something to work and move forward with and that can never be a bad thing.

Parentheses count: 1. See you tomorrow!

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  • J. C. Cauthon

    Aye, my NaNo novel did the same thing. I got hung at a little over 25k, but I know that most of the 25k is drivel, so technically, there might be 10k of a novel there. I wrote a lot of other stuff, though, so I am not even slightly bothered by my NaNo underachievement.

    • Sophie

      I thought I would be slightly more bothered about it’s non-completion, but I know I had a good month so I’m still happy. But well done on 25k!

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