Friday Fess-Up: December 1st

Well, you win some…

And I’m not even going to finish that line.

Earlier¬†I mentioned that, while not “officially” signing up for NaNoWriMo, I was going to try and give it a shot anyway.

I fell way short.

How short? Out of the attempted 50,000 words, at the final second of November, I had around 13,000 words.

That’s 13,000 words that I didn’t have at the beginning of the month. I refuse to call that a loss.

So here is my breakdown and what I came away with from this experiment:

I came away with 13,000 words. Yeah, I did already mention that, but that’s important.

In ten months, that’s 130,000 words.

In addition to the 13,000 words, I came away from November with new insight into my process. I am not the kind of writer that can write solely to a word count. During the late days of November, after I had given up on making it to 50,000, I printed out what I had and I started to read through it, making some editing notes along the way.

As I read, I could tell where I was struggling to hit 1667 words. I was repeating myself, adding unnecessary information. Padding.

Once that started, I could also tell where I stopped having fun.

As it turns out, when I gutted those parts, I started seeing opportunities to add depth. I was able to turn a floating corpse into someone with a past. A past that intersected, maybe not dramatically, but more than simply tangentially with my main character.

The word count was getting in the way of the words.

What else did I come away with?

I came out of November with a writing partner. Now this isn’t someone that I’m co-writing books with – although that option isn’t off the table. This is someone with whom I am checking in every week, we email each other about how the week went. What we’re doing, what the next steps are, etc. We are there to offer encouragement, be a sounding board, a shoulder, and (if necessary) a kick in the pants.

We tried it for November and it turned out to work really well and I’m glad we’re going to continue.

So there you have it. I didn’t end the month with 50,000 words, but I did come away with so much more.

Of course none of that kept me from jumping into Nephele Tempest’s¬†December writing challenge:

Write every day in December. Yes, even those days. No word count involved. Write. Even if it’s only one word.

Write. Every. Day

So far, I’m 1 for 1. I’ll let you know how I’m doing next Friday.

Till then, be safe Y’All.

Time: 7:28 Pm – ish

Music: Epica – White Waters