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How did you do?

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.

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  1. December 3, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Hey Guy,
    As you know I didn’t participate, but I am steadily working on my second novel. And the workshop I am giving in January is about How to Write a Novel as I have many participants from my last workshop who have shown a desire to do just that. It should be an interesting start to the new year! Don’t give up on your first manuscript. My first published novel was a manuscipt I had abandoned eight years prior. So you never know…

  2. gtwade
    December 3, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Thanks Laura! That’s a lot of work, giving a workshop. I wish you all the best with that. I’m hoping that once I get this ms cranked out that it will give me license to bash out the others in my head.

  3. December 9, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Guy, if the other ideas in your head are strong right now then maybe you should start on a new project. Sometimes, this allows our creative juices to flow to get us going and then we can get back to our former work-in-progress. After I finished my first novel, I started a new one. I got up to chapter four when a new idea started to invade my thoughts. I left that novel and began on the one that I was really passionate about. That’s what I’m working on now!

  4. January 8, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I’m not a NaNo-er, but I see no reason to beat yourself up for not reaching your goal. The fact that NaNo inspired you to get cracking on a story is fabulous in itself. Now you have the whole rest of the year to finish it!

  5. gtwade
    January 13, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    @ K.M.: and I think it will take the whole year, too! 🙂 Thanks so much for the encouragement.

    On a related note, fortunately I don’t do the kind of beating up on myself that is too negative. Sometimes I feel more like the tortoise than the hare, but I’m still going for the finish line!

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