NaNoWriMo is dead, long live NaDeWriMo

by Russell on December 1, 2011

The madness of NaNoWriMo is over. In theory. The 50,000 words  we crazy writers needed to crank out in a month are done. Yippee. I’m a winner. A small amount of work remains to finish a scene I parked and came back to. By finish I mean … first draft. It appears “The Watchers”, my first attempt at Sci Fi, will top out at around 65,000 words, approx 220 pages. Phew. Hard work but fun too. Starting out with nothing but a vague idea and one character. Over the month the story emerged as the characters in the book guided and at times bullied me.  A complex, fast paced story emerged from the primal goo of my mind.

So what now? I’ll finish the parked scene … well … I wasn’t completely truthful there. The parked scene failed, died. Unable to conjure anything to write, I ripped it out and inserted a new scene. I should have known. That scene has now evolved from a simple hunt and catch into intrigue, double dealing and danger. I hope to have it finished today. Then the book will lie dormant for a month as I  start December in the same spirit … all over again. That was the main point of me spending winter in sub zero temperatures inside a, hopefully, warm log cabin. Write. Write. Write. So I’ve declared NaDeWriMo. 50,000+ words for December. And onward til it’s time to head south again. There is a larger plan to all this work. I have struggled to develop discipline around my writing. So now I have 4 1/2 months to develop that discipline.

Phew. My head hurts thinking about it. But NaNoWriMo showed me I can do it. 62,000 words in a month. At a quick glance, 62,000 pretty good words. Be interesting to read this story back in a months time and start the editing process. But hey, I get to be the first person to read a new book. Woo hoo. I hear good things about the author. 🙂

And congratulations to all the other writers who put their lives on hold to follow their writing dreams.

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Cynthia December 1, 2011 at 11:14 pm

And I can’t wait to read the NaNo story.

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