No, I did not finish 50k – I got to about 32,000 and those last couple thousand were like pulling teeth. For my original auto-biographical effort, Falconry for the Modern Girl, I got to 30k with ease. Then the story stopped, simply because I got up to the present time.
As I said in my previous post what I intended to do for the final 20k was to write some fictional shenanigan. I hoped that the fun of fiction plus the high of a new project would make for enjoyable and easy writing. This was not true.
I ended up starting several things, each lasted about a page and half, which could have theoretically been novels. The only problem is that they would not have been good novels. NaNoWriMo has never been about quality, merely quantity – not saying that people who write in quantity can’t also write quality material, but that’s not the focus, the 50k end goal is. But this is not my aim in life anymore.
I know I can write 50k in a month, I did it twice before which is just often enough to prove that the first time wasn’t a fluke. But what I’m struggling to do now is to write the sort of epic, sweeping drama which has hitherto escaped me. The complexities and depth are what I’d like to focus on, and that’s something well outwith the goals of wordcount.
I think that if I’d decided to go ahead with NaNoWriMo this year with more time to prepare, I could have given the sort of novel I have in mind a try. But my fallback has always been the “by the seat of your pants” style of NaNo-ing, where I start the month with a blank document and an epiphany. But I think I’m forced to reconsider this as a style of novel-writing if I’m ever to write the things I feel I’m capable of.
I want to keep at the discipline of writing every day, though. And me and the Husband are currently preparing our second bedroom to become a study, as soon as we can source the furniture! I think having a separate work-space will definitely help my focus. As I’m writing this right now, I’m currently sitting on the sofa watching television! I’m a girl who can multitask, but it’s not terribly condusive to ones best efforts!
So while I might have “lost” NaNoWriMo this year, I’ve gained valuable insight about how I need to go about writing from now on! And not to say that I’ll never NaNo again, and in fact after a year of carefully planned and thoroughly thought-out writing I might be itching for some seat-of-my-pants action!