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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

NaNoWriMo Recap

Well friends, I did what I set out to do. I won NaNoWriMo this year by laying down over 50,000 words into a new fantasy novel I've had percolating for some time. In fact, it's been bouncing around since the early 90s, where it drew inspiration from a character in a short-lived D&D campaign I played in. It looked a lot different then and was more of a power-fantasy than anything substantial, so I shelved it. Then a year or two ago I started thinking about it again and how everything could play out differently. That led to a quick outlining session and I knew that it would be the book I worked on this year.

The bad news? I'm only a third of the way done with it by my estimation, so it's going to be awhile before you can see the fruits of this labor. On the bright side, I have put down the finishing words into She-Wolf, Take a Bow and will start revising that this week, so you will have that to look forward to.

All in all, it was a productive endeavor, but one that really takes it out of you. It's something I both love and hate. I love NaNo because it gets me pretty far along in a novel and forces me to write. I hate it because doing a set amount of words a day can be sort of a slog. Though I write just about every day anyway, this feels less organic and as such, you might not be fully putting your heart in it at times, which will show when you are revising. I'm feeling good about this one as the size of the outline meant I was never just spinning my wheels for word count and I'm looking forward to finishing it up.

In 2019, of course.

I'll keep you updated, as always.

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