This was the second year I officially entered the Nanowrimo challenge. Last year, I had lots of outlining and pre-planning and even though I was backpacking through Vietnam I found enough time to get to 50,000 words. It broke a lot of rules, including the important rule of not ever writing a novel based on an RPG campaign. Even though I finished that novella it needed a lot of work and continues to do so as I have not yet gone back to it.
At the beginning of this year’s challenge I was staying with my mom in a small town with nothing to do but time to write. I spent lots of time in October outlining (more than I ever had before) and I chose to actually write one of the books Severed Press contracted me to write for their Kaiju and Center of the Earth collections.
Remember that to write 50,000 words in a month that’s only something like 1650 words a day. Which is only an hour or two a day.
And yet at the end of the month I’m just over 20,000 words. Not even half way. I’m okay with that though. It’s first drafty but the structure is pretty solid (by my standards). I spent a lot of the month looking for a job and more of the month accepting a job abroad and jumping through a lot of hoops. Once I knew I was going abroad, then I wanted to spend time with friends and family.
And so even though I’m eager to finish up Act II (in which I’ve got a pretty good idea of what happens) and get into Act III (in which I don’t). I have time to write and rewrite before it’s due.
And so I failed at Nanowrimo this year. But I’m pretty happy with where it’s at.