Well, December 1st brings the official end to my first year of NaNoWriMo. I wrote, I learned, I grew. I was an experience. As a newbie, I feel the need to sum it up before I move on.
First off, I’m probably counted among the many people who do not finish in the official records because I only completed 40, 774 words instead of the official 50,000 word goal. I consider myself to have completed my novel inspire of the shortness because, I finished the story. In the last few days I was trying to flush out the story a little, adding scenes I realized were missing and fixing problems I noticed during the first write. I did not finish the first edit before the end of November, so I know the novel will get a little longer, but I’m not sure it will ever hit 50,000 words. It will make it a little short for a young adult novel, but not excessively so.
I learned a lot about my own writing style as well. In the past I have struggled with too much exposition. In my attempt to un-exposition my writing, I created something that was very dialogue heavy. I’m not sure if it is too dialogue heavy yet, I guess we’ll see how it reads. I definitely have more to do to work on the balance of my writing.
Even more important than learning about my writing, I learned about my ability to write. I have never written 40,000 words in a month before. I have never written 3,000 words in a day. I have never written a book in a month. Until now. I’m still not as focused as I would like to be when I write. Beyond my wandering mind (which is currently wondering if a tea cozy serves an actual purpose or if it is just decorative), I have a weird tendency to get up and walk around in the middle of writing. I make tea, I check the laundry, I take the dog outside, I make a snack, I check the fire; I am up and down every ten to fifteen minutes. In spite of my concentration flaws, I can still be productive. That is kind of amazing to me.
All in all, I am very happy I took part in NaNoWriMo, and I plan to do it again next year. For now, I am preparing to start my next novel, trying to push out one more short one this year.