This is it. November 30th. Day 30 of the National Novel Writing Month. Congratulations to everyone who has completed their NaNoWriMo word count. And Good luck to everyone who is making the dash to 11:59 pm to make their word count.
I’ve been thinking of rewriting the comic scripts that I wrote years ago, the script that became the basis for one of my NaNoWriMo novels.
First, I still been to remember that I have no drawing talent at all.
Secondly, I need to consider whether or not I want to include parts of the NaNoWriMo novel in the scripts, which would undoubtedly turn the five scripts (each script being one issue) into significantly more scripts.
In an effort to get my other works out there, I pose to you the last paragraphs of my 2012 NaNoWriMo, which should show why it took me four extra days to actually write the end of the book.
NOTE: There are references in it that will make no sense when reading just the ending, but it comes together if you read the whole thing (if I don’t rewrite it into oblivion).
In the years that followed, new shield dancers and song warriors were born. They grew up, learning the legends of their kind. They heard the stories of Kendra and Finley, of Sheena and Thomas. And they grew up with the greatest legend of them all, that of Ariel and Curran Kestrel, the saviors of the shield dancers and the song warriors.
- What I learned from NaNoWriMo (thyrkas.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo 2012 (orangeatom.wordpress.com)
- The End of NaNoWriMo (takayta.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo Day 27: Major Success (laith.wordpress.com)
- Reflection on NaNoWriMo ’12 (agirlwhowrites.wordpress.com)
- What Comes After NaNoWriMo? (fulltimewritermom.com)
By now, anyone who has been participating in the National Novel Writing Month has either completed their novel, completed enough of it to make their 50,000 word count, or had made an excellent effort in completing it.
For some, like me, we have gone through a roller coaster of feelings about our novels, usually ranging from, “Wow, what a load of crap,” (often with varying amounts of exclamations points), to “My God, this is… craptacular!” (again with varying amounts of exclamation points).
So, now that your done and you spend the next four weeks either lost in a book that isn’t written by you, or lost in World of Warcraft, or even finishing your November novel, you have probably decided, like me, that maybe your novel isn’t a gigantic abyss that seeks only to consume what is left of your soul, what do you do when you decide to revise, edit and rewrite your novel.
Honestly, I can’t tell you how to do that. No, really, I can’t. But I can at least tell you what I keep on hand when I try to revise my novels.
For many who are participating in the National Novel Writing Month, this is the final days of their attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days. For some, they have reached, or surpassed, the word limit, got their winner’s badges, and are taking a break before they dive into edits and rewrites. Some of these people may even take their NaNoWriMo works and seek publication.
Then there is me. I have reached the word limit. I surpassed it, actually. But my NaNoWriMo will never see the light of day.
I still don’t have an ending I’m happy with. Somehow, I feel that after everything I put my characters through, they deserve a better ending than the arranged marriage one I ended up with.
Regardless of that, this is the day that NaNoWriMo activates their validator.
Taking a break from NaNoWriMo inspired songs, I thought I would pull a song that played off a different theme.
This past Thanksgiving we had the 76th running of the Manchester Road Race. This Thanksgiving tradition draws in runners from across the world for a race that is equal parts serious and fun. In addition to elite runners we have fun runners, some even dressed in costumes of all kinds.
Playing off this theme, we delve back into the archives for this hit from Bryan Adams.
Waiting is horrible, even if it is only two days until I can officially verify my work. It’s like waiting for Christmas for a child.
I am not all that keen on my ending. Worse yet, I am trying to figure out some way in which my main female character can be with the main male character (the man she loves) even though she is betrothed (and I don’t want to to go the “man on the side” route either). Is there some way in which she can break the betrothal without sending the kingdom into war?
My word count is currently 61,501, but validation usually mucks that up, so we will have to see where I end up.
- a great cloud of witnesses? #NaNoWriMo (#digidisciple repost) (lucy-mills.com)
- NaNoWriMo Day 18 – Warning: This Title May Contain False Advertising! (allmeanssomething.wordpress.com)
I can actually write this one early because I have an early start tomorrow and Thursday due to work. My word count will probably stay the same, and I still have yet to write the ending of my story.
Stay tuned for updates on all the Thanksgiving doings throughout the next few days.