Despite a lingering cold, I logged about four hours of writing today, and a miracle happened. I sailed over the NaNoWriMo finish line two days ahead of schedule!
This is the novel I started somewhere in the middle of the month. I haven't blogged much about it, probably because by the time I wrote each day, my brain had turned to mush.
But here's some information about this project:
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Word Count: 50,106
Status: About three-quarters of the way completed
Inspiration: Greek mythology, as always. I realized I was having way too much fun with this one when I had my main character color Aphrodite's hair (long story.)
My process: Ever since I did NaNo the first time in 2009, I've learned that I write best when I focus on getting the information down. I don't edit as I go (well, not much, anyway), and then I let the book sit for at least a month. I'm hoping to really finish this one before December is over so that I can read it on my Kindle while we are on vacation. That way, I have to just read the story: the delete button won't be anywhere near me.
What worked this month: writing at the coffee shop with a good friend.
What didn't work: Well, I won't say my outline didn't work, but I've deviated from it dramatically. That always seems to happen: I'm a pantser, and I should just own it!
One thing that was challenging was Thanksgiving: it was hard to write while we were at my folks', especially since every time I snuck upstairs to write, my brother and sister followed me. It was very "Children of the Corn"; they didn't say anything, but they sat there staring at me. Needless to say, I wrote a lot late at night last week!
Lesson learned: go where the story takes you. I gave up my original idea and followed the siren song of this one, and I am so glad I did. Be prepared for inspiration to strike when it is least convenient.
Check in with my fellow Birth of a Novel bloggers and cheer them on to the finish line!