Monday, November 30, 2009

NaNo day 30: The End?

It is about to be midnight here on the east coast (some of you might have a couple hours yet). So, how did you do? Did you cross the finish line?

I scratched out the last words I needed to finish NaNo, but my book is not yet finished (very few genres accept 50k word books) so there is writing left to be done. Unfortunately, this shiny now has to take a complete backseat for revisions and contracted books, but I do plan to continue working on it in my spare time. How about you? Did the NaNo goal allow you to finish your first draft, or are there words left to be written before you reach the magical words "the end"?

I encourage you to celebrate the end of NaNo and the madness, but also to keep on writing. They say it takes three weeks to form a habit, so everyone is now in the habit of writing. Try to keep that habit in the coming months. Did you know that even if you write only 500 words a day (that is about two pages double spaced) you can write two 90k word first drafts in a year? ^_^

Some of you might still be finishing up, but here are the people I know about who are dancing in the winner's circle: (What, you didn't realize you were dancing?)
Did I miss anyone? Congrats to all of you! You just pulled off an amazing feat! 50k words in 30  days. Woohoo!!

For those who didn't make it this time, keep writing! You have more words on the page than you started with, and no one can take those words or that experience away from you.

Okay, it's almost tomorrow here, so I need to get this post up. Again, congrats to all winners! (and don't forget to email me with what name you'd like listed in the acknowledgements of Twice Dead.) I'll be drawing for prizes tomorrow. See you then!

P.S. if you haven't checked it out yet, scroll down to today's other post to see the cover for Twice Dead.


Kitt said...

I did not finished my novel, not even by a long shot. My first main problem was that the one novel split into two because I realized there was too much plot and too many main characters for one novel alone. The second problem I ran into was that, even thought I plotted out scene by scene, my characters' motivations and abilities were ever evolving, and that changed the plot up a lot. I've concluded that even with the best laid plot plans I'd still have a great deal of pantsing instinct in me. I just can't quite ever see what my characters are going to do or say in certain situations until I write them doing it, and as we know, one action or word can change everything. It has been an amazing ride, and I'm not getting off anytime soon. ;-)

Anonymous said...

I did not finish my novel, although I believe the bones are there. Scenes were wrote out of order, so I have to take the time to move them around and see if more is needed.

I'm still excited about the story. That's a good thing, that will hopeful push it to it's completion.

Congrats all!

Demon Hunter said...

Congratulations to all the winners! :-D And to the non-winners as well. You tried. :-D

I am not finished my novel. I still have at least 30k to go. :-D

Anonymous said...

i didn't finish my novel but i am well passed the 50k mark (i wrote up to 50k on the 29th so i didn't have to worry about winning or loosing NaNo) but now i must finish my novel...which is at 60k now and...yeah!