NaNoWriMo is over! Jump for joy!
“I hate writing, I love having written.”
― Dorothy Parker
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Sorry Dorothy, but I’m going to disagree with you on this one — though I do enjoy your wit in your other quotes. I put this quote in because I thought it fit with NaNoWriMo ending up.
In truth, I love writing. It’s a rush that entrances me when it really gets going and the scenes unfold wonderfully. It’s something that I’ve become addicted to.
My NaNoWriMo ended with 52,386 words written for You’re Next, my horror novel. I really enjoyed the momentum of NaNo, and connecting with other writers who participated. It was great to find other writers on WordPress and Twitter who were pushing to get their stories written! And I found solid advice for sparking new ideas: giving secondary characters a few scenes and doing historical research to find inspiration.
A huge lesson I gleaned from NaNo was to simply write. Put some words down. Even when you don’t feel charged up for a scene and have the thing planned out. Just write something. Many times, the words pick up speed and start flowing more smoothly. You get into the scene, and suddenly you’ve got a couple thousand words written.
But not always, of course. Sometimes, the words plunk down and don’t pick up speed. But you never know which way they’ll go until you start writing them down.
With NaNo done, I’m looking ahead on You’re Next… I wrote 16,803 words of the book in October, so the novel stands at 69,189 total words. I’m not even close to finishing this story. Is it going to be a really long book, or maybe even a series? Not sure. But right now, I want to put it to the back burner and put other projects on the front burners. I like this imagery, because You’re Next will continue to simmer — it’s not completely off the stovetop. I’ll keep writing notes about it and try out possible scenes.
Because I know how I want You’re Next to ultimately end, but I’m not as clear on getting to that ending. I suppose I could pull a nuclear option and just say: the good guys won and the bad guys lost! Yay! But I don’t want to cheat the story. I want the events to unfold in ways that make sense and respect the story. So I’m going to sketch out bit by bit what happens next.
On the front burners will be projects for which I have a clearer idea of the story. This is not only for a creative break from the novel, but for practical reasons, too. In November, more of my e-books sold than in the year previous to that. So I want to get more e-books finished and published and out there for people to hopefully enjoy. You’re Next feels like it’s going to take a lot more work and time to finish. Eventually, I will complete it. But first, I want to finish smaller projects.
Thanks for sticking with me for November through NaNoWriMo, and I hope the daily quotes inspired you 🙂