It’s over

It’s the first of December and as such, NaNoWriMo is officially over.

Huge congrats to:









Who managed the 50,000 in a month (some of them doing crazy things like 60,000, 70,000 and even 90,000)!

(I hope I didn’t miss any of my flist who completed it but if I did apologies and well done!)

I started off well, knowing that my sister and family were coming for ten days and knowing that and other life events would need me to be really focused.

I had/have a good idea and everything pointed to a good start with a easy weekend directly after the start, great characters who wanted to write themselves, a plot that was just waiting to be written, etc.

Then the visit and the inevitable break followed by a couple of days of lethargy before picking up again.

The pick up was short lived though, as the second the action scenes/major plot bridges were written, words stopped flowing, a personal crisis hit and the words just stopped, they didn’t slow down, they stopped.

It was then the knowledge that I was going to make it came in yet rather than resign myself to it I pushed for more, knowing that whatever I got done now, in November, could only be good for later on, for when I was prepared to work through the novel and see where to go with it.

I’m happy with the month overall. I think I had a chance of doing it but the fact that I made 20,000 rather than the 50,000 doesn’t depress me to much. I made other decisions this month and I think all of them were right. I did better than last year, when I quit after only five days and next year will be the 50,000, as I have some motivation with attending the World Fantasy Con in Calgary just before it.

I’ve got some sort of book here, now I have just have to get going and work on it while everything is still fresh.

About Mark S. Deniz

English teacher, writer, editor, publisher, reviewer and blogger. Founder of publishing company, Morrigan Books and imprint, Gilgamesh Press and editor-in-chief for review site, Beyond Fiction. Also cycles, plays floorball, listens to lots and lots of music, reads a ton of books and tries to fit in some TV, film and writing too. View all posts by Mark S. Deniz

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