Here’s my badge, and I would show you me holding the certificate up, but the printer has now decided to not work for me.
The official wordcount for first draft is 57216 from NaNo’s side – slightly more on my wordcount. I have copious notes on revisions needed, so will muck around with the draft for another few days until setting it aside to fester (blossom) in a drawer for a few weeks over December.
Done. I will celebrate with lunch. Unfortunately as I’m currently on antibiotics I can’t imbide of a celebratry tipple, but there’s nothing stopping me finishing off the M&M’s I have here.
Things I’ve Learnt from Writing “Blue Popcorn” first draft during NanoWriMo
- I can’t write sex scenes very well.
- I can’t write action scenes very well. I am working on that one.
- I still need to work on my understanding of the main character – she’s complicated, much more so than me.
- I struggled against lack of flow on more days than those where the writing was easier. This is the first time that has happened, but I think some of the scenes written are actually better for it. Sometimes things take time to mature.
- I believe that for me, I did the correct amount of preperation beforehand, just enough structuring and scene work to know how to get from A to Z.
- Sticking new scenes into the middle was the toughest task of all, and probably don’t flow evenly – I’d forgotten the timelines involved.
- Writing in November in Sydney Australia, is sweaty, hot work. There are not enough fans to go around, and a risk of bush fires impacting your work too.
- I cared more about my novel and less about it (unexplainable). My caring and non-challence came about when faced with losing the whole thing due to a hard-disk crash. I’d already nearly finished it, and facing never seeing those 47,000 words again, I found I could take it as a signal from above – I either recovered and wrote on, or a complete rewrite would happen in the future.
- It was fun. More than I thought.