NaNoWriMo is over for 2016 and I finished with 50k on the nose. What I have for my 50k words is not at all what I had anticipated a rough draft to be. Having not written more than 20k words on any subject in my life I found myself wandering in unproductive circles at the start. The idea of going chapter by chapter had been my original intention but having never done it before, and working without any sort of outline my golden road didn’t exist. Eventually I broke out the index cards, wrote out info about each character I wanted to include and began to slide them around my table like a puzzle, trying to assemble a time line and where everyone would be at each stage. What eventually happened was, I simply created individual files for each character and wrote every scene I could think of for the story. That worked better for me. The only real problem that cropped up was being able to maintain a consistent word count as I went. Some days I was working on three different files at a time, bouncing back and forth with ideas that I couldn’t let get away.
My finished draft is a mess of files that needs to be assembled into chapters. I’m sure this is going to take a while and will, in the long run, increase my overall word count. The scenes I wrote carry a good amount of emotional intention but to get what I really want from them will take a significant amount of rewriting. I am not afraid!
I believe I will participate in NaNoWriMo again next year. I really enjoyed myself with this project and have learned a lot about my own writing process. A little bit of planning never hurt anyone but it seems to be something I’m not a fan of. Flying by the seat of my pants is the only way to go.
Business as usual will commence next week. Until then, Happy Holidays everyone!