The numbers aren’t looking good. Having only produced 6,489 words so far, I’ll never get to 50,000 by midnight tomorrow. Nevertheless …
I did get another 6,489 words closer to a working first draft.
Plus, I spent time revisiting the earlier work, seeing with fresh eyes what did and didn’t work, and got the creative juices flowing again on that particular story. I certainly do not regret, not for one minute, participating in NaNo this year even if I fell far short of “winning.”
My game plan is to complete the first draft for this particular novel before November 2013 — and use next year’s event to jump-start a new book.
For me, at least, NaNo isn’t the best approach to a project that’s well underway. I simply found myself too tangled up in needing to do serious research and rewriting of last year’s work, needing to get things in order before I could add more to mix. There were just too many loose threads, scattered scenes, jumbled characterizations, shifting settings … The energy generated by this great November event might best be used on a new project each year.
Huge cheers to the many writers who made their 50K this year, and a toast to all of participants. See you all next year!