Thank Goodness/Goddess/God It’s Over for another year. I started two novels and wrote a short story to complete my 50K and now I’ve got material to play with.
It’s a funny process. Writing that many words. Since my day job requires writing, it’s not really a stretch to write that many words in a month. Except that they are not all in one main document and they are not (usually) fiction. So fifty thousand words of fiction, many of them related to other words, written in my spare time, is a pretty good start on something.
The first attempt at a novel went well for a week and a half and then I lost interest in them and left them in the woods. Then I had a short story idea that came in and I sat with it for a week and it moved nicely and resolved. And I still had quite a bit of wordage left to go before the month ended. As I typed continuously waiting for the muse to come back, a second novel started working its way through to my fingers. It expanded to fill my remaining time (and word count). Now, I just need to keep it moving even though there is no longer the pressure of a deadline.
For purists, such attempts would not count, since they are not all part of the same novel. However, writing that many words in a month is not an easy task and the muse is often fickle. The whole point is to write without editing and to let it flow. So if they don’t end up in the same place in the end, who cares? I am happy to have them.
It’s even harder, i think, writing fantasy or syfy when you write or edit for a living. It’s really hard for me to shift gears. I usually can only write on the weekend [or days off].
I didn’t feel good about my novel this year. It’s such an extremely rough draft that i hate to even call it one. But it has a beginning, a middle, and an end, and over 50,000 words… There’s just still so very much it needs and i just didn’t have the heart for it this year. [To really go at it, i mean.]
So you did great. 🙂
And yet, you now have 50K words to play with next year – so you still win, Teagan, even if you don’t have the heart for it right now 🙂
Congratulations! 50,000 words is a HUGE accomplishment.
Thank you, Tracy!
Congratulations! You wrote the 50,000 words, I think that’s what counts because that is no small accomplishment! Good luck keeping your new projecting flowing.
Thank you, Trisha 🙂