Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Limping Across the Line

The month of November seems to have come and gone in a flash. Well...that NaNo business was a real treat (in a masochistic sort of way). I'm now going to have to retrain myself in being more concise.

That was a real learning experience for me. It is nice to know that when my back is against a wall (yes, that was a cliche) I can produce a novel length bit of fluffage. And I think my WPM count at typing improved.

I limped across the finish line, yesterday, with about 5 hours to spare. I'm pleased that it's done, but not really pleased with the story. While outlining the story in October, I had a page written up with a list of messages I wanted to convey. Very little of that was accomplished. I've decided that I had too many characters. Some where fleshed out very well, others I only scraped the surface of. I do realize that all of that can be added/altered during edits 1 thru 13...

The story is still in progress and probably needs another 10k words to bring it to an end. I want a break for a few days, but I fear if I delay too long I may never return to the seedy underbelly of Metropolis.

Many thanks to those of you who dropped by my blog during the month and endured my endless whining. I would have packed in the project the first week of November had it not been for those cool inspirational pep talks the NaNo people email to the participants. But, more importantly, the advice, the kind words and the frantic shaking of the pom poms by my Internet writing friends was the real reason I completed NaNo. Congratulations, also, to those of you who completed your novels and to those of you who didn't, but bust a gut trying (oops, my cliche is showing again).

10 comments:

BT said...

Well done, Alan! Congratulations.

Go out to dinner tonight - celebrate. Have a day or two off and then decide if you want to finish the story or not. I suggest you do, and then put it away. Come back to it in a month or so and decide on its future (to revise or mark down as a learning experience - talk about cliché's).

But in the end - well done on reaching your set goal and for making the commitment to writing and sticking to it.

Laura Eno said...

Yay, Alan! I think this month was all about learning what one could do more than anything else. Congrats!

Rebecca Nazar said...

Huzzah! Congrats, Alan. :)

Danielle Ferries said...

Congrats! Well done!

"that NaNo business was a real treat (in a masochistic sort of way)" - a perfect description. I couldn't agree more.

Laurita said...

Congrats, Alan! It's a hard road, but it's nice when you stop. Now take a deep breath, relax, enjoy some well deserved down time...and then write us something else. ;)

Anton Gully said...

Knew you'd do it, Alan.

Alan W. Davidson said...

BT-Thanks very much. I'll try to follow that advice. The Christmas business is sneaking up on us and I have many excuses to procrastinate.

Laura-That's very true. After the first three days I had put down more words that I had every written on a project before. Congrats to you as well!

Becca-Thanks!

Danielle-Thank you. The way you burned it up I figured you were going for 100K words!

Laurita-Thanks very much. Having read your Dec.1st post, I'd have to agree that we're of the same mind on NaNo. I, too, am amazed at how well some people can balance the work-family-writing combination. Congrats to you as well!

Cate Gardner said...

Congratulations.

Natalie L. Sin said...

Hurray! Congrats on your nano novel : )

Alan W. Davidson said...

Anton, Cate and Natalie...Thanks very much. I appreciated the support during the month. Anton-what I read of yours looks really impressive.