#NaNoWriMo 2014: +++ The End +++

I know that November isn’t over yet, but for me NaNoWriMo 2014 is done. I also know that I didn’t make the 50K word count, but that wasn’t my goal anyway.

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My #fantasy novel “The First Light” had a word count of around 38K on November 1st. My goal was to finish the first draft, and I had hoped that this year’s NaNoWriMo event would push me along. It did.

I added 23K words this month to the first draft of my manuscript, and I was able to type those glorious words “+++ The End +++”.

Yes, I’m glad that I got to do that. What #author wouldn’t be? However, I do feel like I’ve just lost an old friend. I know that my friend will be back when the editing process begins in a couple of months.

A current #wrtitetip states that an author should put their manuscript away and leave it alone for two months. But that doesn’t mean that I’m going to cease writing. I have a backlog of short stories to edit. Those stories will afford me the opportunity to hone my editing skills before going back to the novel.

Has NaNoWriMo 2014 been good for you too?

NaNoWriMo is Almost Upon Us

Another November is about to come around again, and that means it’s NaNoWriMo time! For those of you who haven’t heard of it, #NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. I have never really been a participant. There was one in April 2014, and I tried (but only half-heartedly) and managed to squeeze out one chapter, as evidenced by an earlier blog post Thank You NaNoWriMo for Chapter 14 .

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I’ve read a couple of interesting blog posts about it and now I’ve decided to really give it a whirl. There are supposedly prizes, badges, and other accolades for authors who complete their novel and reach their word-count goal. I’m not concerned about winning a contest though; I really want to just finish the first draft of my #fantasy novel The First Light, and move on, as they say.

A blog post by Mark, The Aspirant Wordificer, seems to have prodded me into this decision. So why did this particular post inspire me? The article has espoused the same feelings about NaNoWriMo that I harbored. He worked it out in a rather logical / comical way. I laughed quite a bit because it was almost as if I had written that post. I feel the same desire to finish, coupled with the same anticipation of frustration and aggravation from a mountain of papers to edit.

Besides putting yourself on task, NaNoWriMo is also a great way to meet other #indieauthors, scout the forums for some great links, or #writetips and maybe make a few more author friends.

Are you going to try your hand during this November’s NaNoWriMo?