NaNoWriMo Winner, Now What?


For those following along, the month of November was National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo for short. The goal was to write 50,000 in a month. It was to be a rough draft of something, not necessarily something ready for publication at the end of the month.

This was my fourth year participating, and while what I wrote this year was more a cathartic experiment than an actual story, I successfully wrote 50,814 words. It took shutting up my inner editor, who has a nasty habit of popping up at the most inconvenient times, and a lot of time spent in front of the computer, but I did it. What will become of those 50,000 words remains to be seen. But for now I can say, the experiment was a success and I’m back to working on my regular project that I hope to have done by spring.

Stay tuned, more to come on that later; once it’s made it past the second draft stage and I figure out how exactly to end the story.


Preparing for NaNoWriMo 2016

It’s that time of year again. Prepping for NaNoWriMo 2016 has begun. For those new to Brain Drops, that’s short for National Novel Writing Month. Writers from around the world strive to write 50,000 (or more) words in the month of November. While a lot of it might not make sense when you read back over it at the end of the month, you should have at least a good start of the first draft of a novel.

So posts may be sporadic, okay, more sporadic than usual. But know that writing is taking place in this little corner of the Internet universe. And when it’s ready, I’ll be sure to share it here too.

December 1, 2011

 After a month of words, words, and more words, I have done what I set out to do. I wrote 50,063 words. The story is not yet finished, one character still has to die, the other three have unresolved issues, the supporting characters have their roles to play. But I reached the initial goal that I set for myself. I will finish the story as time allows in December, then set it aside for a while before I attempt any editing. Whether it makes it any further than my computer screen still remains to be seen. But it has re-awakened in me my passion for writing, so more stories will be coming.

Thanks to everyone for their words of encouragement and support through out the month. It meant a lot and helped get me through some of those rough patches where the words just weren’t flowing too.