My #NaNoWriMo Debrief

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It’s now December 2nd, which is weird because we just had Thanksgiving in America and usually it’s a week or so before December hits. So my mind is struggling to come to grips with the fact that it’s the last month and the end of the year is fast approaching. We’re now two days past the NaNoWriMo deadline, so I figured I’d give a report on my own outcome:

Like every year, I failed at achieving the NaNoWriMo. That’s okay! It’s not like the project I was working on is dead. Far from it! Every month for me is novel writing month, but NaNoWriMo holds a special place in my heart for jumpstarting me towards finishing a manuscript. It’s good practice. It’s why I participate. I went into NaNo with under 5k words and emerged with 22k words in the new project. Not a bad step in the right direction. It’s not (obviously) where I wanted to be (always moar!) but that’s nearly a quarter of the way towards my projected 100k words. A solid start.

The Stars Were Right also got a lot of attention this month. Sales have been trending pretty steadily, and the reviews keep coming in strong. I re-learned how to lay stuff out in InDesign, and the trade paperback is getting really close to release. Hoping to have an announcement for that VERY soon.

Old Broken Road is getting close to the point where I’ll hand it over to my editor for editin’ — I was hoping to do this at the beginning of November; however being a part-time writer means my time is limited, and it’s resulted in delays. I still think I am on target for an early 2014 release. Really like the place, it’s in.

I finally finished a beta-read of a friend’s novel. Other books, personal projects, work, basically everything had delayed me, but it’s done. It’s also one of the best books I have read all year. I’d be very surprised if a publisher doesn’t jump at it.

Oh! I also have started messing with Scrapple. I’m really liking it, but I am going to save my thoughts for a later post.

So that’s where I am at! I went into NaNoWriMo with almost nothing and emerged having learned some new software, finished a beta-read, came out with an edited manuscript, almost have a nearly released trade paperback, and I’m 22k words into a new project! All-in-all: not a bad November.

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7 thoughts on “My #NaNoWriMo Debrief

  1. NaNo is a great starting point whether you reach the 50K or not. Afterwards, we all have NaNo withdraw but can then spring into action with the continuation of that piece of work or another. Whichever, it is our minds have a springboard from which to leap. Good luck.

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