NaNoWriMo: Another November Come and Gone

Well, as my title suggests, it’s now December, which means my quest for completing NaNoWriMo is over for another year. I am happy to announce that despite my lack of preparation (which was writer’s block’s fault, not mine… AT ALL) I was successful in finishing NaNoWriMo with a grand total of (drum roll please…) 54 785 words!

Yes, I actually managed to finish the grinding task of writing all of those words, though I have to give a HUGE shout out to my dad for helping me do some quick story-plotting in desperate times. See, at about 20 000 words or so, I found myself 4/5 of the way through my carefully thought out plot. Clearly, I wasn’t going to be able to stretch out my little remaining plot to cover over half of my unfinished novel, so I had to go back to the drawing board and figure out how I could extend my story. Hence where my dad came in.

Without going into elaborate detail, the two of us managed to create a whole new character and insert a love triangle potential which hadn’t been present in the original novel planning. So, thankfully, crisis averted. The rest of the writing went along fairly smoothly and I hit the target word count with about five or six days to spare. All and all, with all things considered, it went quite well.

The most interesting experience I had with this whole writing process is something I’ve never had to deal with before. I actually started to get sick and tired of the characters I was working with. Now I don’t know if other writers have ever had this problem before, but it’s a new experience for me. Every previous story I’ve ever worked on, I’ve enjoyed working with the characters and they’ve become a somewhat sort of family for me. This time around though, it isn’t the case. Yes, there is the occasional character that I know I have a soft spot for, but I don’t feel the same connection as I have in the past.

I guess I just haven’t spent as much time with these particular characters as I have with the other ones. And this is the first time in years that I’ve written outside of the little universe I’m so comfortable with writing about. So I do get that it’s going to take some time for me to know this set of characters in the same sort of intimate way. I guess you could just say that I’m impatient.

So for now I’m picking back up working on the collaboration of short stories with my friend. I need to slip back into my comfort zone again, at least for a little while. I know that I’ll have to pick my NaNoWriMo story back up eventually, but for now it can wait.

To everyone out there that completed NaNoWriMo and won, congratulations. Take a break, relax, but do go back and write again in the near future.

To all those that participated but didn’t win, good on you. It’s a difficult challenge. Don’t be discouraged and try again next year.

And for everyone else, thank you for putting up with this not so interesting post-NaNo entry. I promise the next one will be more entertaining (or at least filled with a bit more humour).

Until next time.