Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Technically a Loss, But Still a Win
The NaNo gods can judge me and perhaps find me wanting, but I feel like a winner. Okay, I didn't get 50,000 words on one novel, I got 37,000 words of an entirely new novel, plus about 17,000 words of a previously started novel ready to add to the greater whole.
I'd originally signed up for NaNo thinking it would be the spark I needed to finish a MG novel I'd started over a year ago.
I printed off 176 single-spaced pages of the manuscript I'd mished and mashed into a possible story, and started trying to put it all together. But I wasn't recreating a lot. I realized NaNo wasn't the the right forum for this, so I stopped at about 17,000 words.
It wasn't a total loss, though. I had enough direction now to wrangle the rest of the mishmash into a revise-worthy draft. So thank you NaNoWriMo, for that.
But I'm stubborn and I didn't want to give up my 50,000 word quest, so I dusted off an old YA novel idea and started writing. I hammered out 37,000+ words (cringe-worthy ones at times, but hey).
I wanted to make that magical number, but the story wasn't asking for anymore. It's now ready for its own intensive round of revision.
So technically, I failed. I didn't fulfill the requirements of NaNo, but two revisable drafts later, I feel okay with that. Besides, I don't think my house can go through another month of such intense writing without the dust bunnies taking over.
So NaNo gods, judge me kindly...and thanks for giving me the kick I needed to get two stories ready to revise.
P.S. If there was a prize for the cheesiest first draft, I'm definitely a winner. Got to get me some crackers...Happy Thanksgiving.