Crawling out from under my NaNo rock

Oh, hello.   I’ve been doing this whole NaNoWriMo thing and haven’t seen the light of the bloggy world much this month.  Don’t mind my squinting, the bright light still hurts my eyes.

Oh, by the way, I did it!  50000 words written.  You can look at the little widget on my sidebar that says “winner”.   I like to just look at it.

The whole experience was sooo great.  I really learned a lot about writing and noveling and plots and outlines.  I floundered around in week two because my beautiful outline that I was so proud of.  Yeah, that took me to a whole 17000 words.  I knew I was going to need to go back and flesh things out a bit, but having to triple my word count was a bit more fleshing than I anticipated.

I had to decide, did I have a short story that needed to be edited down, or was there a novel in there somewhere?  I set out to write a novel, so that’s where I went.  And I flailed around and it started turning into a really bad suspense.  You know, not really enough at stake for any of my characters to make them want to do something really bad, and I hated it.

Then week three dawned and a choir of angels sang and I figured out where the book was going.  It was my Oprah aha moment.  And I wrote 50000 words.  And it’s not finished yet.  I still have the ending to write.  Which I will, hopefully, finish this week.

And then I need to cut out that horrific suspense part.  And then I need to rearrange things and edit and get rid of all the info dump sections and spread them out.    I was writing and thinking to myself, well, that’s a horrible info dump.  I should stop and move on.  And yet, I couldn’t stop.  I’m considering printing it out then taking a pair of scissors and taping it back together in the right order.  Oh, and I need to flesh out the characters a bit.  Then it will be ready for some more editing.

If you’ve been watching this nanowrimo thing on the sidelines this year and trying to decide if you want to do it next year.  Do it!  So worth it.  I’m still trying to process all the things I learned.   The big take home lesson is  I do have time to write a novel.  I have to say, I didn’t feel like it interfered too much with my regular life.  I still watched t.v. (ok, most days, and only 1 show a day, but t.v. isn’t good for you anyway), I made 3 meals a day, the house got cleaned, the dishes got washed, and the laundry was done.  My children are still alive and seem to have not shriveled away.

So, you’ll probably start seeing me around here a little more often.  I’m aiming for 3 times a week.  And I’ll still be all over the place and writing about my kids and my life and writing and whatever else I feel like.  Stop by, say hi.  Just don’t be surprised if I’m a little jumpy.  There aren’t a lot of people under my rock.

Did you survive NaNo?  How’d it go?  Any big take home lessons you’d care to share?

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  1. Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli
    Twitter: kristinglas

    Good for you! That is awesome. I am not sure I really want to write a novel but I guess I have a year to think about it.

  2. Jaded16 says:

    Oh yay! Good going :)

  3. Jessica Anne says:

    Thanks! You do have a year to mull it over. Some people use it to write nonfiction or short stories or poems, just 50000 words, if you’re thinking about one of those.