NaNoWriMo 2016 Recap

(Deeeeep breaaaath)

Ok.  It’s been a loooong time since I’ve written a blog post which kind of bums me out.  When I warned you that my posts would be less frequent, I wasn’t meaning that I’d be silent for 3.5 weeks.  But alas, that’s what happened.

I’m back, though, and I’m excited to get back to posting regularly.

So, let me tell you what I’ve been up to lately: working, having post-election conversations, reading for fun, decorating for Christmas, reading about writing, and writing (almost a whole) novel for NaNoWriMo 2016!  While I’m sure you’d find all of those things riveting, I’d really like to tell you about the last one.

If you’ve not heard of NaNoWriMo, it stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it involves an online community of writers attempting to each write 50,000 words in a month.  This is my fifth years participating, and (SPOILER) this was my third year “winning”, or reaching 50,000 words in the month.

I think I announced this in a previous blog post, but this November, I was working on Novodah’s Myth, the sequel to The Legend of Elliot Major.  This is the first time I’ve ever written a sequel, and while some aspects were easier (a lot of my worldbuilding was already taken care of), some were harder (I felt constrained to the big story arc of the series).

I started the month off strong, quickly getting ahead because I knew later in the month would be busy.  However, I was side-tracked by the election, work, Thanksgiving, etc, so those extra words early on really paid off.  On November 29, I reached my 50,000-word goal after a flurry of writing over 3000 words in one day.  My husband was by my side, cheering me on when I crossed the finish line… or at least the temporary finish line.

I managed to eek out another 200 words on November 30 to clock in at 50,201 words for the month.  I’m pleased, but I have a lot more story to go – some major things are happening, and I’m excited to keep going.  I think – and this could change – that this might be the best rough draft I’ve ever written.  I’m loving the plot, the themes, and the characters.  I’m sure, as always, that I won’t be impressed when I got back and read it again, but for now, I’m loving it.

So, the big question for me is what’s next.  Do I finish writing Novodah’s Myth – likely another 25,000 or so words?  Or do I start revising Elliot Major?  I haven’t decided yet, and I’m open to either one of those – maybe even a combination.  For the past three days, I’ve been resting (slightly side-lined by a cold) and reading.

And you know what that means?  More books reviews coming soon!  Here are some titles that I’ll be reviewing for you in the near future:

  • Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart
  • A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K Rowling and Jack Thorne
  • How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy by Orson Scott Card

And of course, I’ll keep you posted on my writing endeavors 🙂

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