Archive for December, 2009

How did you do?

December 3, 2009 5 comments

It’s December. The sky is overcast. A slight but steady sheet of snow will obscure my driving vision tonight. Among other reasons to be sad in December is that NaNoWriMo is over for this year. (Insert heavy sigh.) Did you get to participate? Did you win? And what are you going to do with your manuscript?

I know how I did…lousy. Yes, I signed up for NaNoWriMo this time, but did not get a single word written. As I’ve mentioned before (and trust me, I feel like I’m just shelling out excuses) my hands were a little tied. The good news is that The Boy is sleeping just a little bit longer at night!

However, though I was not nearly as productive as I would like to have been, I did get some work done on the ms I wrote for the 2007 NaNoWriMo. It got shelved soon after I finished it because it was so awful, and it soon lost the energy it started with. It was a mystery story where I did not know whodunit, whydunit, or even whattheydun, really. That’s how bad it was.

I still believe in the main character and her friends. The idea is still solid. I just have to work on the actual plot. Piece of cake, right? That’s where a post at The Intern caught my eye: NaNoRevisMo, or National Novel Revision Month. Check out the article. It made perfect sense to me. Instead of beating myself up that I couldn’t do NaNoWriMo this year I switched my focus to revising something I already had. I didn’t put any major pressure on myself, just that of working on the ms to prod it along. And IT WORKED. Did I make a lot of progress? No, but I now have non-zero progress in my work. And that feels good. What is more, the little bit of work I did gives me some not little bit of insight on plotting a story that I will share with you soon.

Please please PLEASE comment on how you did this month. Even if NaNoWriMo evaded you, you wrote something, right? Let’s hear about how you did. After all, that’s what it all about.