NaNoWriMo 2010 - Finished!

12/01/2010 0 Comments

I would like to thank all the people who helped me through this and dealt with the mood swings inspired by sleeplessness. To all the customers I might have confused when they called on the phone last month, know that it (probably) won't happen again. To everyone else, I extend a general 'thank you'.

Haha, no really. Thanks to everyone and congrats to other winners of this year's NaNoWriMo! I ended up with just over 50,200 words. It's an accomplishment! Even though I'm only halfway through the story, it's more high fantasy than I've ever written. I love reading high fantasy. I love it so much I think I set up a mental block. 'I could never do that,' I thought. This NaNo was a quest to prove to myself that it could happen! And it did. So, even though the NaNo rules strongly suggested we finish a book in the month's time, that I could even write 50,000 words of high fantasy is a big step for me.

Of course, more than half of it is going to get thrown out when I edit, but that's the way first drafts usually go. Something I noticed this year: the general attitudes of people outside of NaNoWriMo were on the negative side. And I'm not talking about friends and family, but newspapers and things like that. 'Let's have an After NaNo Reading Month,' one article joked. The point of their piece was that writing anything that quickly would most likely produce a bunch of worthless words. I respectfully disagree. First off, it's a rough draft. Secondly, it's a rough draft. If you take Hemingway's words 'the first draft of anything is shit.' A person isn't going to write a rough draft and declare it ready for publishing. Or they shouldn't. Inexperience should be forgiven in this case. And I think that whatever you write, it's good practise. You're not wasting your time if you're learning from the experience.

An 'After NaNo Reading Month'. Please. It was almost insulting.

Still, I enjoyed myself and my friends all hit their word count marks as well. One of them fell back in love with writing. The other found that if she really tried, she could come from 15,000 behind and still win. They enjoyed themselves. That's what this is really all about.

Well, I think that's about it for this time. I'll post again with more novel related things next time.

Goodbye all~

Sarah

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