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