You know, a lot of the content that you’re reading this month was prepared last month… No, really, I spent a few weeks ramming through as many words and as many interesting articles as I could. Hopefully you’ve been kept entertained, but we’re not out of the woods yet, as we’ve still got another half of NaNoWriMo to commit to. Today’s post is a quick update on how the event’s going, how my novel’s going, how many words I’m at and more.
By the 13th, I had managed to make it past 25,000 words. On this website, I’ve typically written between 600-1500 words per article. Occasionally, I’ve dabbled in the 2000-3000 word article territory and on other websites, I’ve done articles of varying lengths. In short then, 25,000 words, if we spoke about GeekOut articles only, would be between 16-42 articles, depending on the length.
The first day I found particularly tricky. What do I write first? Which character is going to make the biggest impact? I found that my supporting cast were equally, if not more fun than the protagonist themselves. In short then, I’ve found that through writing Fly The Great Ravine, I’ve managed to find less obvious things more likable than I initially thought. Honestly, just wait until you read about some of the colourful cast and the setting yourself.
I’ve also learned one really important lesson about writing in general.
It’s okay to write something rough. It’s okay for the words to not be perfect, beautiful, elegant bits of prose. It’s okay to just get something on paper. If you allow yourself to actually sit down, give yourself the time and space to get on with writing, then you’ll always find a way to get your point across. However, that leads me on nicely to what is going to happen after NaNoWriMo.
Editing. Lots of editing.
I think what scared me the most heading into such a massive project, wasn’t the creation of the world. It wasn’t the map, it wasn’t the structure. It wasn’t even about if I could write 1,667 words per day consistently. It was actually about whether or not I could write something perfectly. That bothered me; I wanted my writing to be good, so I could then forward it on to people to read.
Why? Why bother with that? Why not just make the damn thing, then sit back and edit it over a period of weeks, or months, or even years if it has to?
As a final aside, the current total as of time of writing this article (16/11), is 28550. Just another 21450 to go to conquer this epic challenge.