This year’s Nano was interesting.
As you may remember, I went into the month with only half of my outline done. Despite this, I still managed to hit 50,000 words in 16 days, making this my 5th NaNo win in eight years.
It was when I was doing the last half of my outline that I realized that I was just going in circles. I wasn’t getting anywhere with the story for the sake of a word count. I figured that so long as I hit 50K, I was good. 60K was my goal, but if I fell short while wrapping up with story in a satisfactory way, it was worth it. I figured I’d hit about 55 or 56K.
I finished the first draft of American Vampires on November 20th at 62,000 words.
Yeah, I’m a real good judge of my story. Oops.
The story itself is okay. I can’t say that I’m in love with it, but that could also be that I’m kind of bored with Stanley. Remember, I wrote about him last year and I’ve done a few short stories with him. So it’s possible that my burnout is clouding the quality of draft I have to work with.
There’s also the possibility that pushing myself to finish as early as possible fried my brain.
The point is that I’m done, I have yet another novel-length draft to work with, and I can forget about it for a month.
Ah, bless NaNoWriMo.