What I Learned About Life And Death From #NaNoWriMo 2013

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I learned I like to be very dramatic. Life and death? Alright, maybe it wasn’t that intense. But I did have a roller coaster month of writing in November. 

I started off the month of November on fire… actually, anything but… my day 1 total? 0. 

But I’m happy to say I broke the 50,000 word novel goal on November 29th, and also managed to add in 25,000 words to other projects during the month, although the last four days (from the 26th through the 29th) I did some major catching up and wrote only the novel and 17,000 words of it. 

Yeah, I had gotten behind. At several points I didn’t think I’d ever get it done, especially with other deadlines on my other things. I thought (stupidly) I’d just pump up the daily word count and add an extra 50,000 words to the list. In that respect I failed because my monthly writing minus this novel was only 25,000 words. I’m not complaining but I know for next year to adjust and be more realistic. 

But I’m not really going to wait around for another November before I hit another novel this hard. While the one I just worked isn’t finished at 50,000 words, I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Another 15-20k and it’s done (first draft, anyway). 

Depending on contracted works in early 2014 (still got my fingers crossed on something very Miami Spy Games – esque coming down the pipe), one of my goals is to write longer pieces and getting the discipline to not put out so many short stories and novellas but mix in more novels. With that being said, expect Dying Days 4 in 2014 and a much longer story. While the previous have all been 25-40k novellas, the fourth installment will be 65k or more… 

But I digress… 

NaNoWriMo was a success in my book and everyone else out there playing along was a definite inspiration, especially when it got down to the final week and I thought I’d never get it finished. Will this novel ever see the light of day? It is a goal of mine, obviously. In 2007 I wrote Death Metal and it eventually got sold to a publisher and republished by me. Tool Shed began in 2008 during the November run but not completed on time. I’ve had other hits and misses but only seemed to try to write a longer piece in Novembers past. 

What does December now hold? A lot of short stories, wrapping up two novella projects and (hopefully) starting on an exciting new serial with a publisher… and then some novels in 2014.

How did you do for your National November Writing Month?

Armand

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