I honestly did want to write a “Year in review” type of post, but with all the excuses I could give I didn’t. I did get shit done (for lack of a better term), and I’m proud of what I was able to accomplish. There were several short stories/flash fiction things I posted on the blog. I put a couple of chapters of my book, “The Price of Favors,” online and managed to find some beta readers for it. I also wrote a whole new project thanks to NaNoWriMo. All of this happened while life did it’s best to, and in most cases, take over from keeping me from doing what I wanted to do.
So, what did I learn?
I’m a big fan of deadlines. It may hark back to when I was a journalist having to fill inches on whitespace while a turn in time loomed over me. But, NaNoWriMo is nothing more than setting a deadline to do just that, which is not a bad thing. It certainly was a challenge to write every day and strive for that goal even if I was shy a few thousand words by the end of the month.
Writing every day keeps the mind focused on the story I was working on. It’s true. I didn’t have to consult notes or outlines nearly as much as I have done in the past because of a lapse in writing. I looked forward to getting back to the story and seeing what would happen with the characters I created.
Writing everyday is exhausting. This is also true. As much as I enjoyed writing every day, I also felt spent by the time I reached a stopping point for the day’s writing. I fell behind due to a vacation that happened early in the month. Though I did get some writing done on the vacation it was nowhere near what I should have accomplished and thus had to play catch up the remainder of the NaNoWriMo month. I did have some epiphany moments that I hadn’t planned for in the original outline that occurred while pushing myself, but not taking breaks from writing (a day or a weekend) wore me out. Of course it may have been different if I was only having to write 1,700 words a day verses somewhere close to 2,500+ words as I tried to make up for lost time.
So what now?
That’s a great question. Since I finished the novella/novel I’ve been letting it breathe in order to go back to it (soon) to give it a good working over and prepare for the next draft. I’ve also started writing on another project, the other outline I had prepared before NaNoWriMo, and I’m excited to get back to writing about those foul mouthed individuals. I don’t want to talk too much, but some familiar characters will make an appearance (Frank and Winston). For those of you who don’t know who I’m talking about then check out the short story I have available on Amazon and elsewhere on the web. I’m also planning on doing more writing this year than the last in hopes of completing at least three big projects. What they are or what they are going to be has yet to be determined, but I’m excited as to where this will all lead.
Until next time.