As I begin to write this, it’s 23:47 on 30 November. Thirteen minutes left of the annual month of insanity that is NaNoWriMo.
Coming at the tail end of a year seemingly devoid of all creativity, I was not looking forward to the challenge this year. I thought and thought and thought about what to write. I pondered and pondered. I was certain that, while I would dabble, I didn’t expect to win. Even when I took two weeks off of work in the middle of the month and ended up not going away like I’d planned, I wasn’t expecting too much. I decided to rebel.
Some of the photos for the short story collection taped to my wall, waiting to be used.
I thought I would try a collection of short stories. These would be stories each based on a different photo. I spent a couple of days going through my photos and chose 75 that were both ‘good’ and something I thought my spur a story idea. The plan was to write stories for 60 of these, all just over 1000 words. The final product will, in theory, be whittled down again to 52 stories of exactly 1000 words each and be called …A Thousand Words. This was my main project. I thought that if I finished all 60 stories and still had time left in the month I would work on finishing my 2010 and 2011 NaNoWriMo Projects.
A bunny shaped collage of the photos in the project
If you’re interested in some of the things I wrote, you can read it here on my blog. I posted three excerpts of the stories here as part of the 6 Sentence Sunday challenge:
I hand write pretty much everything, and that’s exactly what I did for NaNoWriMo. My tools of choice were a Clairefontaine notebook (until that ran out and then I used a cheap hilroy scribbler) and fountain pens. I used a different pen and colour for each story (and when the stories were over, I used a different colour each day.) If you’re interested, my favourite combination was my Noodler’s Ahab flex pen and Noodler’s Habanero ink. If you’re interested in the company I’ve linked to it is the best source for fountain pens and ink around! (In my opinion) I’ve always loved Fountain pens, but couldn’t fine a good play to buy them (without breaking the bank). I found out about this company on the NaNoWriMo forums last year. <3
I said I took a two week vacation this year. I found writing at home too distracting. I tried the new HUB that had just opened up, but it was too quiet. I spent about a week and a half at my local T.A.N. Coffee Shop and loved it!
“So, this is fine and all,” I hear you saying. ”But how’d you do?”
Despite my feelings at the beginning of the month, and not even starting until 22:00 on the first day, this was a recording breaking year for me!
I had my most productive NaNo day ever – 9 089 words – on November 2nd and I crossed the 50K winner’s line on 13 November – beating my previous record by one day! I continued to write the short stories until they were finished – my only NaNoWriMo to produce a complete first draft. After that, I switched over to my 2010 Project Death, Life and Eternity. I doubt I’ve written more than 1000 words on this story all year. I was completely stumped as to what to do next. Well, I didn’t have time for that now! I pantsed it. I pantsed it for 32 000 words. And I don’t think it completely sucked! Final tally: 102 396 words. By hand.
The last six sentences I wrote for NaNoWriMo 2012 will be posted here Sunday morning, if you’re interested… and like cats! Check back on 2 December!
The thing that annoys me – and with the accomplishments I had this year, nothing should annoy me – is this last week. I could have reached 110k easy – maybe even 120k! – my the last words I wrote were written on the 27th. (And only 500 words). A plot hole presented itself at the same time I started back to work. Now I’m just brain dead! I actually figured out the plot hole today and thought I’d write a few thousand words more, but decided I should really just start cleaning my neglected apartment. In the end I just vegged until my brain woke up enough to write this post!
So, like I said, I really have nothing to complain about… but I really hate the plateau at the end of my bar graph!
Now it’s off to bed… but no sleeping in! We have our region’s “Thank God It’s Over” party tomorrow! Our region wrote over 1.5 Million words this month! You all rock!