Friday, December 01, 2006

Survived NaNo!

NaNo was great this year, and just the thing I needed to take my mind off of the depressing stuff in life. I got two good novels out of it, and some stuff on the end of the second novel that will probably eventually go on to a new novel... I do tend to write too far past the real ending sometimes, and NaNo kind of encourages me to do it. However, I wrote 200,000 words in a joyous rush of creativity. It was great and fun, but I'm still glad it only happens once a year!

There were far fewer rude people this year than in any of the previous five years. Oh sure, there were a couple of the usual 'you're not doing what we're doing, you shouldn't be allowed here!' people whining over the fact that I wrote more than they did. Get over it. Someone is always going to write more than you, especially if you spend so much time complaining about what other people are doing. It doesn’t mean we can't enjoy the fun of NaNo. And if you aren't enjoying it, maybe it's just not for you after all.

But those people were really off-set by the large number of people who wrote to say how much the little NaNo book helped them out. That was great! And nice to hear, since this was something I did just in hopes that it would help them. If I'd done it for any other reason, I'd have charged for it. (grin) (And the sudden realization of how much of the current real life problems that would have solved is kind of overwhelming. Ah well. Things usually work out anyway!)

But now it's back to the real world and real work. So far since midnight, I've updated the Forward Motion site, done a bunch of DTF work, and I'm about to do some writing and then head into Vision work. I need to get the writing done. I would like to get Paid in Gold and Blood completed and maybe even sent off. I'm within a hundred pages of finishing it, and I think it's a really good book. I could, of course, be entirely wrong. Writers can fool themselves very easily sometimes.

And, yes, I am working on 2YNY2 as well. It's going well. I have an outline and one other shorter story to finish this month... and something else. There should be five things, but I can't think what the other might be. Not a good sign, I'm sure. Oh! Another outline, but for a nonfiction work. Okay. I can get this stuff done, right? Posted by Picasa


Jean said...

Sure, you can.

You did great. And I'm so glad to hear people are letting you know how the NaNo book helped them.

booklover said...

You did great zette!
As for the whiners.. well, I realised several years ago that I would never to write 5-10k in a day, but I do have respect for those that have the ability.

*returns to revising Sherezade*

Pandababy said...


That picture just cracks me up. "Finished NaNo" -- (all four paws up in the air!)

"However, I wrote 200,000 words in a joyous rush of creativity." Ah, the joy you show in being a writer, zette. It inspires me and energizes me.

"Someone is always going to write more than you, especially if you spend so much time complaining about what other people are doing." laughing out loud again. great zinger, zette.

Congrats on Nano, and looking forward to reading "Paid in Blood and Gold" soon.