Drum Roll Please…
And the total word count is… 27,250 words!
No, I didn’t hit the 50,000 words count but, I am not disappointed at all. Actually I am quite proud of myself because, at the beginning of December, I have written 27,250 words of a story that I have come up with, with the Lord’s guidance of course. I’m 27,250 words closer to having told the story.
I learned a lot about me as a creative soul in the last two months. Most of which I talk about here and here, so I won’t bore you with the details, but I will say this, it is so great to be able to share your dream with someone else, especially if that person gives you their utmost support. Nano 2015 is the first time that I shared my writing ideas with my husband because, well like I said before I am really sensitive about my work.
But, the first time I reluctantly shared my story idea with him, it was invigorating, but I guess that’s what happens when you open yourself up and be vulnerable. After that first time, it was easier to give him a progress report about how things were going. If I got writers block or find a plot hole, I’ll run it by him. Believe me when I say, if it wasn’t for his help I wouldn’t have made it as far as I did. Thanks babe.
Well as for the story, I realized that I have to go back and develop my antagonist more. This is the main reason I didn’t hit 50,000 words. I knew very early in November that my antags weren’t developed as extensive as my protagonist. So when it came time to introduce them to the reader I couldn’t hammer down their personalities. etc. For me I have to hear my characters, see them, interact with them to understand them, unfortunately, I hadn’t done that with my antagonists. I made an outline but, it is really from the protag POV, so I know how the antags are complicating my protag life and even why they’re doing it but, the deeper part of them I don’t know. So I took my husband advice and wrote the parts of the story that I did know, which totally took me out of my element. I like linear, getting from Point A to Point B not starting at Point G, taking the scenic route to Point P, then lollygagging to Point A to… well, I think you get the point. But for the sake of getting the story out I wrote the scenes that I was sure about. It worked out in the end, I written 27,250 words.
So November is over, so what now? I’m going to continue to write the way I did for Nano, getting the story out of my head and onto paper. I’m going to develop my antags of course. I have research to do and a few plot holes to work out. I’m not calling what I did a first draft, I’m calling it a pre-draft. Once I get it all out of my head nano style, then I’ll go back and produce something worthy to be called a first draft. My goal with the Lord’s help is to have something publishing-ready by this time next year.
NaNoWriMo 2015 is over. It was the best one for me. How was it for you? Did you reach your goal? I would love to hear about it.
May God be with you until we meet again