NaNoWriMo post-game analysis

December 1, 2009

I’d say this year was my best November noveling effort to date. I had a reasonably good outline going into it, subdivided to facilitate daily goals, and I made the word count every day with breaks on Fridays to rest and extra writing on the weekends. I’m definitely more of a tortoise than a hare when it comes to writing, and this year taught me that consistency is a wonderful thing.

Alas, the story is not all told, and so I look forward to actually finishing this novel instead of abandoning it like all my previous efforts. This one feels much more coherent plot-wise, although certainly not perfect, so I am not as eager to lay it aside and move on to the next project. It is still a first draft, of course, so extensive revision is in the cards for me as well.
I am proud to note that I raised over $200 for the Office of Letters and Light, the fine folks who run the horse and pony show that is NaNo, which will help fund writing programs for kids and adults. This world definitely needs more literacy and written communication skills, and I am happy to encourage that in whatever way I can.
Now, onward and upward, as they say. A writer is someone who writes, and so I shall.
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