NaNoWriMo comes to a close today and as the fog of war clears I’m in no way surprised to find myself on the casulaty list rather than the honour roll. I’d like to say I went out in a blaze of glory but the truth is it was more a case of being shot in the back whilst fleeing the field of battle…
The problems emerged at the end of week two. I should have remebered that my own blog is called Don’t Look Down and taken the advice to heart. Note to self – when attempting to write 50k in 4 weeks…NEVER EVER GO BACK AND READ WHAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN! As soon as I started re-reading I also had to start editing, and as soon as I started editing any hope of reaching the wordcount was snuffed out.
I’m going to put aside the 20k I have written for a few weeks and then come back and look at it when I have some distance. There is some really interesting stuff in there that I might spin off into short stories but at the moment at least I don’t think I’m going to finish the whole text.
I’ve gotten a huge amount from taking part in NaNoWriMo this year though, and will do it agina next year. For anybody having trouble getting their writing started I’d recommend it because it forces you to put pen to paper and start generating words. For people writing consistently its a good challenge to see what pace you can manage whilst still keeping a reasonable level of quality in what you are doing.
I’ve taken a few days break without doing any writing but I’m going to kick off a new project soon, picking up some ideas I developed half a year ago for an urban fantasy story. Interestingly I’m thinking about using an episodic structure and publishing the first draft of each episode on my blog, partly as way of replicating the constructive pressure of NaNo even when it isn’t there.
Oh…and sorry Kerry for losing you five quid. I’ll have to get you a beer in recompense.