It’s true, I just wrapped up 50,003 words. It’s not an entire novel. It would be, if you didn’t mind reading things out of order and your imagination could fill in the blank spaces…but for now, it’s a start.
I love this work more than any I’ve ever done, and so I’m excited about it, like tremendously excited with three exclamation marks!!!
Here are some things I learned during NaNo 2014:
1. While you’re writing fifty-thousand word fiction on a deadline, each day you think of ten blog posts you’d rather write. I will be blogg-y next month. I could easily do EvDaDaDec.
2. How anyone wrote realistic fiction before Google is beyond me.
3. The thesaurus is still my friend.
4. I do not always have twenty minutes to do dishes, but I always have twenty minutes to do The Mister.
5. I wouldn’t need to sell a single book if I had a dollar for every person who’s said they want to read my book.
6. “I can’t wait to read it!” is just like “We should get together!” Few people mean it.
7. There are surprisingly few writing-friendly foods on the market. Popcorn is alright, as are nuts and pretzels, apples, bananas, cookies, chocolate covered raisins, olives…Most food requires both hands, and there seem to be no foods that do not require me licking my fingers. I have since decided that finger food doesn’t refer to food you can eat with your hands, but more, food you will lick from your hands. (Smacking noises optional.) This reminds me of how my filthy laptop is good for my immune system.
8. Writers have crazy hair because hair washing isn’t crucial to good writing. Since my hair was its own entity most of the month, this must surely mean my work is phenomenal.
9. I don’t like the caffeine, the caffeine likes me. Did you hear that noise? *twitch* I stuck mostly to my decaf regimen, but SOMETIMES I HAD TO WRITE A LOT and *bites cuticles frantically* I did not spend the hour at church praying no one had broken in and stolen my laptop! I WAS ON A DEADLINE so, Is my heart beating in my elbow? Do you think it’s a tumor? What do you mean this Coke is bad for my anxiety disorder? Why don’t you love me right? I NEEDED THE CAFFEINE!
10. Having an assortment of readers is crucial, because we truly do bring our own experiences on our fiction-reading journeys.
Did you NaNo? What did you do with your November?