Well, another year of NaNo is done and over with. How did I fare? …I’ve done better. ;o)
I started out with the thought that I would write the sequel to my as-yet-unpublished contemporary fantasy novel. I had the outline. I already knew the world and the characters. Surely nothing could possibly get in the way of my finishing NaNo in record time this year! Welp. Let me detail you the process of “failure.”
Week 1 went fine. I didn’t get a chance to write the first few days, but I wasn’t terribly worries at that point. I got in a couple of chapters and was having a really good time with it. (I do love that ‘verse) Then I had the brilliant idea of completely changing projects. I was absolutely positive it would be fine. It was only Week 2, after all, with plenty of time left to get in 50,000 words, even if I didn’t finish the novel itself. So I outlined the new(ish) thing and started writing.
Then work exploded. Then I got sick. Not just sick, but sick with two entirely different issues at the exact same time… and stayed sick for the next three weeks. (If you’re doing the math, yes, I’m still ill and very unhappy about it. Blerg) Despite that, and changing in mid-stream, I did manage to get about 7,000 words done on the first project and almost 17,000 words done on the second, totaling approximately 24,000 words.
So I got about halfway done if you go by word count alone which, really, isn’t awful.
Here’s the really good thing to come out of all of this. The project that I switched to? It’s something that I’d been putting off for about six months. I’d known it needed to be done, but tearing apart a completed, well-written novel is really painful. The fact that I finally bit the bullet and started the necessary work is, in and of itself, an accomplishment. No writer wants to start over from scratch, even if it makes for a better book in the end. That I got a really solid five chapters written is a bonus, really. I’ll keep working on it and, when it’s done, you’ll all have a new epic fantasy YA series to read.
I’ll see you all next year for NaNo2018 where I will not be changing projects midstream, come what may. ;o)