NaNoWriMo, Writing

NaNoWriMo 2018 Complete!

As I let you know with my last post, I would be doing NaNoWriMo. And I managed to finish it.

NaNoWriMo may have taken away my social life, stopped me from posting on social media and my website, stopped me from reading any books, and gave me one too many late nights. Actually didn’t sleep for two and a half days towards the end… But I did it. I actually did it.

First Time Participant and First Time WINNER!

Ghosts be Gone! A fantasy novel set in modern times is now pretty close to having its first draft complete. Getting over 50,000 words in one month is something I never thought I would be able to do, and I’ve done it! I managed to get to 50,107 words 43 minutes before the deadline; I was cutting it close! Time to binge-watch some tv shows, movies and anime, cook an actual dinner, and contemplate my successful NaNoWriMo attempt.

Of course, it’s messy, it has plot holes, and too much description in some places whereas others don’t have enough. Some dialogue needs to be refined and removed, and an entirely new chapter needs to be added in the middle. But, as Hemmingway said:

“The first draft of anything is shit.”

I’ll keep writing and working on the first draft over the next week or so until it’s done and then set it aside for two weeks to lose the familiarity and connection to it. After which. I’ll turn the first draft into the second, and then the third, then get some beta readers and turn it into the fourth draft, then get structural edits done and turn it into the fifth draft, then copyedits to turn it into a sixth draft and finally, the last once-over from my own eyes to try and pick up the last little things, letting it evolve into the final draft before becoming a published novel (self-publication, so that’s why I’m certain).

I am quite excited to get this novel out into the world someday in the future, as it’s the most enjoyable story I have ever written. So happy.

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