Friday, November 23, 2012

NaNoWriMo: The First Finish Line

NaNoWriMo
I don't get to validate my
novel until the 25th or so and
after that I get the cool winner
badges. And goodies.
On Wednesday night I crossed the 50,000 word mark for NaNoWriMo, exactly at the same point as I did in the month last year and ahead of the previous years.

I ended up taking Thanksgiving off. Only wrote a hundred words but I ate turkey and mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce and drank the new beaujolais. Capped off the evening with martinis, the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving tv special and a nice retrospective on Michael Jackson's BAD.

Over at the Confabulator Cafe today, there's a brief note about the accomplishment and what I'm thinking about doing next.

If you don't feel like clicking over to the Cafe, here's what I'm planning:


  1. Keep writing 2000 words a day until the novel is finished. It's a nicer, less frenetic pace and when I did it last year I still had a few big days. 2K is the minimum I'm shooting for.
  2. Also begin the revision process on last year's novel so I can resubmit it before the end of the calendar year. It sounds easy, but editing passive sentences into active ones is what has to happen. 
  3. Take some down time.
So mornings will be for editing and evenings for writing for the next few weeks. With any luck I'll finish up in the middle of December on both projects and be able to enjoy the year-end holidays a little more. Celebrate a little more I hope.

Anyway, I'm writing. Updates to follow.