So I finished 50k words by Nov 29th – a day early! I also decided on a title – The Uncrowned - so I am officially a winner!
Now all I have to do is actually finish my novel (I would say I am about 3/4 of the way through). But first, it is time for some reflection, as prescribed by the the NaNo staff.
- What are you most proud of achieving this month?
- Aside from the obvious – 50k words – I am proud of myself for getting this far without giving up. I have never written this much of a novel before, and now that I can see the finish line, I am so proud of myself for sticking it out! I am proud that I wrote almost every day, and that for the most part, I stayed ahead of schedule.
- What did you learn about yourself as a writer?
- I learned that I am not as good a writer as I thought I was. I thought my book would come out perfectly written, with the perfect word choice, and nary a typo. I have learned that I write incredibly rough drafts, and my list of edits is only getting longer by the day! But I am okay with this :)
- What excites you about this draft of your NaNo-novel?
- I am excited that it is more complex and multi-faceted than I originally planned it to be. It started out as a straight-forward story idea, not even a subplot, but then I added elements as I was writing, and out sprung a subplot (warring witches). And I am excited that I had a change of heart, and made my ‘main’ romance a strong friendship instead, that I am proud of, because I wanted to break free of the romance-as-subplot trope. I like to think that I am being original haha.
What else? I am taking a few days off writing/editing, trying to get into the Christmas spirit a bit, and will get back to my novel in a couple more days. We have put up the tree, and wrapped my nieces and nephews presents and shipped them off to England.
I am hoping we can find a decent memorial ornament for Penny, for our tree. Most baby ones are ‘baby’s first Christmas’ which isn’t true in our case, since she will never know Christmas. I would like something simple and pink, and possibly customisable with her name and birthday. We have mostly generic baubles and bows and garlands on our tree, but we have a few things from hubby’s grandma who passed away, and an ornament from our first Christmas together as a married couple (well, as any kinda couple really), so it’d be nice to keep building up memories around Christmas.