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NaNoWriMo Day 29: Alternative Goals

So I know that there is absolutely no way in hell that I’ll be able to hit 50,000 words this month.  For all intents and purposes, I have failed, but I’m actually ok with that.

I have never successfully complete NaNo, at least not in terms of hitting the word count.  Though, I think this is the only year I would in any way consider a win at all.  I constructed a world, a main character I actually like, worked through a few major plot points,  and learned more about how I write.  Also, and most importantly, I had a few nights where I really got into a rhythm and felt the adrenalin and pushed through a few thousand words in a night, developing the characters and hitting plot points without feeling bogged down by word count.

So, where does that leave me with the remaining 2 days?  I’m setting new goals for one.  Lowering the goal word count for one.  Another will be to sit down and think about how I approached this story.  This process will involve some questions to consider:

Was it better or worse that I did not outline my story?

Should I have planned more?  Should I have worked on a story I already had in development?

What does this story say about my personal style?

I noticed, in reading back over a few parts and in writing additional scenes last night that I approach scenes between characters like a script for a play or film.  This is not too strange, I write scripts on occasion and want to continue to write more.  While I consider myself a writer I am first and foremost a visual artist.

So I don’t have an impressive word count to gloat about.  Big deal.

But I’ve learned about my style and am already thinking about what story I will be working on next.

Word Count: 15,127

New Word Count Goal: 20,000

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