I Survived NaNoWriMo

Woot Woot! I survived and won NaNoWriMo. When I finished I turned off the computer and took a nap. It was a marathon. This was an odd NaNo for me. Usually when I write, I make a timeline of major events. It helps me keep the plot focused and in line. Crazy I know. This year I didn’t, somewhere around 30K the plot just kind-of went haywire. I’m not a “clean” first draft writer to begin with, unless it’s a short story. So editing/revising this novel could take a while. But it’s written and that’s what matters.

Are you a “clean” first drafter? How does that happen?

In other news, I’m having a Daily Dose of Christmas on my author FaceBook page. If you want something fun and Christmas related surf on over and check it out.

On to Row80

1. Start revisions of book 2 in my Dragonfly Mystery Series-
I’ve decided to edit/revise 5 pages a day or a chapter. My chapters tend to be pretty small. I know there are scenes that need to be added.
3. Plan one new short story- Done.
4. Edit/Revise Mystic Brew–  Done.
5. Finish plotting Book 3 in my Dragonfly Mystery Series I have an idea of what’s going to happen. This will be what I write for NaNoWriMo, so I have to do this in October- Done
6. Participate in NaNoWriMo and write 50,000 words-   Done

7. Read 8 books that’s for the whole round 4.    Done!
8. Be a good human and socialize online Goal- Barely.
9. Be a good Baptist and join a Wednesday night groupSomehow this has morphed into my husband signing me up for choir. I love to sing, but I am tone deaf. I hope they have a section where the microphones are turned off. Bless his heart.
10. Finish my daughter’s bedroom No new progress. The walls are up, we just need to add the trim, a door, and paint.

It was a chaotic week, with Thanksgiving and all. I also set my Amazon Author page 🙂 For the month of December I am concentrating on Editing. I don’t think I’m even planning on much outside reading. I’m treating it like NaNo, I have a calendar and everything!

How did you do on your goals?


3 thoughts on “I Survived NaNoWriMo

  1. Hooray for the win!
    My first drafts are much cleanere I started using open-ended plotting and really delving into my characters and their backstories.Before that….well, let’s just say I have a LOTof material with which to hone my revision skills!


  2. Congrats also on winning at NaNo. I gave up half way through the month — just too much else going on, and the time I have for writing focuses more on editing than generating new words (well, new scenes . . . but I’m cutting as much as adding). I enjoy your energy and ability to work on more than one project at a time. I also really like that timeline idea to organize a new story. I may try it — in Word with charts. Have a great week!


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