NaNoWriMo 2013

I didn't know if I was gonna be able to manage it this year, but I did it. I completed Nanowrimo for the second straight year. Last year it took until the last day to get the job done, but this year I won with two days to spare.

Going into Nanwrimo, I thought I knew what story I was going to work on for the entire year, until the week before November. Then I decided that the story I thought I'd work on just wouldn't work and switched gears to a space opera I had written quite a few notes for over the past two years. So with a week before crunch time, I scrambled to gather up all my notes and create a skeleton outline.

My month of November was full of events, including the end of duck season, a wedding and some other social events. I knew there would be days where I wouldn't write anything, so I had to take advantage of every opportunity. Luckily, the story came to me very easily and my fingers scorched the keyboard every time I sat down. Some nights I wrote 4500 words. Most times I hit 2000. I employed a few different tactics from last year that enabled me to write more efficiently and make the most of my time at the keyboard.

The story that I won with is called Dulcima and as mentioned above, it's a sci-fi space opera. I'm nearly finished with it and once the first draft is done, then the editing begins. My Nanowrimo story from last year was nearly finished when I decided to scrap a large portion of it and rework it. I don't see this happening with Dulcima. With any luck I'll have it ready for store shelves in the spring or early summer. I'm really excited about it and think it's a solid story and universe for future stories.

In other news, I have finished a few short stories over the past couple of months and am working toward creating a short story collection. I have another novel that is about 85% finished titled Among the Shoulders of the World. It's a fantasy novel which I have detailed in other posts on here in the past. Once I finish Dulcima I will continue working on that one.


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