It’s official, I ‘m a NaNoWriMo: Winner 2013. I finished on the 20th with a word count of 50,424. Since then I’ve pushed the count up to 53,433, which combined with 2011′s total brings this novel’s first draft to 116,725. There’s a lot of extraneous conversations and side story that needs to be cut; I’m guessing I can edit it down to 75-80K.
While I’m relieved to finally have the first draft done, I didn’t really enjoy utilizing the same story for NaNoWriMo. I often had to look-up names, and try to recall details that weren’t fresh in my mind and it slowed my writing down considerably. Yes, I know I still finished a week before the deadline and I can shut-up now.
We have an outstanding regional group, The WriNoShores, and they made a huge difference to many of our writer’s endeavors. We had a variety of well-attended write-ins from semi-serious all-day Saturday library affairs to small mid-morning cafe groups. We’ve become quite a spirited, and supportive group. The convivial nature of which was uplifting and inspiring. Happily, plans are afoot to continue meeting up after November.
We still have one big Saturday write-in left. A potluck lunch is planned at which those who’ve finished will play cheerleader to those still trying to reach their goal. It should be a blast (it was except for those of us finished distracting those still workign out the last few thousand words-sorry Sarah!).
We’ll wrap up the month Dec 8th with a TGIO Party and Reading, and present out own WriNoShore:Winner 2013 and participant certificates.
Overall, another fantastic month of writing, whining and chocolate eating (it was genius having this start the day after Halloween).