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Yaaaaayyyy! Par-tay!

Current NaNoWriMo Wordcount: 50,048
Last Line of Dialogue: "Get out of there!" Finn yelled, and the leishy* lifted its head, jaw swinging, and looked straight at him.
Last Sentence: Gryce and Thorne took the opportunity to retreat, running backwards towards the Quicksilver Forest.

Ta-da! :D So I made 50K shortly after my last post ... oh, and then I got a phone call and a job offer! So all in all, it's been a pretty sweet day.

This is my 6th year of taking part in NaNo, and only my 2nd win. I have, however, noticed a correlation: the last time I won, in 2010, I was writing the back story for one of my already established characters. It was never intended to be something I would want to publish: I just liked the character, and as I'd given him a lot of history that would never actually feature in the novel, I wanted to explore his early life for a bit ... because I could. And this NaNo was the same; it was never intended as a serious first draft, I was just playing.

Anyway. I think, especially in the last couple of years, I've got a bit hung up on the idea of writing to be published. If writing is the only thing I'm any good at, it makes sense to make that my career; but that puts a lot of pressure on my already perfectionist nature, and nothing I did ever felt like it was good enough (you have no idea how many different beginnings Somnium has. If I ever do make it big one day, those opening chapters can all be auctioned for charity! XD).

I think what I need to do is have a tiny bit more faith in myself, and start writing for fun again. Write the stories I want to hear, and ignore that nasty little voice that says they're no good, or cliche, or poorly written. Not everyone will like what I write: that's a fact of life. I don't like Twilight, for example, but there are millions of people who do. Basically: don't try and please everyone, and don't feel like a failure just because I'm 27 and not yet a published author. There is no need to force it. The world will not end. If my characters are happy with how their story has been told, then I'm happy. Theirs is the only opinion that matters to me.

Another thing I've learnt this month is: write for a certain amount of time, not a certain amount of words. Ben 100% saved NaNo for me by suggesting that I just sit down and write for 20 minutes. I did, and I suddenly found that I had 600 words. Up until that point, I had always worked by telling myself how many words I had to write that day and not stopping until I'd achieved it. That could be very overwhelming at times ... overwhelming and boring. By breaking it down into 10 or 20 minutes sprints, it was so much more achievable. I can apply this to rest-of-the-year writing by making them slightly longer sprints; 30 minutes, perhaps, so that I have time to actually think about what I'm putting down on the page. :P

I want to make a massive thank you to all the people who supported me; your encouragement really kept me going. The camaraderie is what I love most about NaNoWriMo. It's a great thing to be part of. :) Extra special thanks to my husband-to-be, who continues to help me be someone I can be proud of.

Also there were way too many be's in that last sentence but I don't friggin' care, 'cause I just won NaNo and I have a job and Ben bought me a bottle of single malt as a 50K prize. :D


* Oki so a while ago I was researching Danish folklore for fun, and I came across a kind of forest spirit who I wanted to include in my NaNo. I thought he was called a leishy, but as I was sprinting I didn't have time to check; and now I can't find reference to him anywhere. Does anyone know what I mean? According to legend, he was a friend to the forest, loved animals, was usually benevolent and often appeared in the guise of an old man.


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Nov. 30th, 2013 08:05 pm (UTC)
Best Sari ever. You are someone I am proud of too.
Dec. 1st, 2013 06:13 am (UTC)
Nov. 30th, 2013 08:33 pm (UTC)
I've heard of the leishy thing. I'm pretty sure that's what it was called, too, or leashy, or something like that.

Nov. 30th, 2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, you GENIUS! That's it. Wow, I wish Google had been more helpful and suggested a slightly different spelling of what I was searching for. Thank you! :D
Dec. 1st, 2013 01:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah Google was surprisingly UNhelpful on this one, when usually it is all over suggesting alternate spellings.

I only know it because of that Playstation game, Culdcept.
Nov. 30th, 2013 09:01 pm (UTC)

Dean Awesome photo 0000t268.gif

Sorry I felt it was warranted

Well done on reaching the 50K. I am so proud of you and never doubted for a second you would make it!
Dec. 1st, 2013 06:13 am (UTC)
:D Haha, thank you!
Nov. 30th, 2013 09:49 pm (UTC)

That is quite the accomplishment! Do you plan on going back and refining it now or just letting it be "an exercise?"
Dec. 1st, 2013 06:13 am (UTC)
Thank you. :) I think I will just leave it as an exercise; I have other works-in-progress that I'm more dedicated to, and would like to get them finished first. I did grow quite fond of my characters though, so hopefully I'll revisit them someday!
Dec. 1st, 2013 01:41 am (UTC)
Dec. 1st, 2013 06:12 am (UTC)
:D Thank you! Also, I love the icon. :)
Dec. 1st, 2013 11:32 am (UTC)
Lois McMaster Bujold, _Mirror Dance_ (Miles is telling someone who's "not allowed" to get fat that she should have ice cream :)
Dec. 1st, 2013 11:01 am (UTC)
*throws confetti* AWESOME!
And now I'm curious ... will we get to read the story?

As a hobby writer, I absolutely fail to write under pressure. The beginnings of my main FF go 15 years back and even though it's technically finished, I always find myself going back to it for one more overhaul. Just yesterday I deleted over 4000 words, simply because it didn't feel right anymore... I write for fun, is all! =D
Dec. 1st, 2013 11:28 am (UTC)
Thanks! And no, no reading. :P I did think about sharing a few extracts, but I can't find anything that I like enough! Ha.

I started my main fantasy novel about 11 years ago, and it's still not finished because I keep deleting it. In fact, I've rewritten and deleted so much that there's only a few thousand words of actual story left. Today, I've resolved to stop doing that!

Maybe you should get a beta reader for your story the next time you decide it needs an overhaul?
Dec. 1st, 2013 01:59 pm (UTC)
But overhauling is all the fun. XD Actually, I am especially happy to go back and tweak it during times I am jobless; it gives me something to do. I'm currently on page 170 (and it has a total of 400 pages, roughly 500.000 words, give or take). XD I swear, some day I am going to finish it and have it printed and bound on my bookshelf, next to the other three I've already finished...
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Dec. 1st, 2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
Yay! Oooh, umm ... women in (practical) armour! :D Please?
Dec. 2nd, 2013 01:21 pm (UTC)

I'm glad you figured out how to write in the most stress-free way! You should definitely write for yourself, and keep it something that is fun. You're talented, and you may find yourself publishing something because you were just writing for fun. :)
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