Yet Another NaNoWriMo Update

Anyone else remember when I was insane enough to do blog posts almost every day during NaNoWriMo?  Good times.  Good times.

Anyways, I’ve put a capper on Book One (or Part One, if you prefer) of the novel.  So far this has been the best NaNoWriMo yet, with a coherent, good story, where the exposition comes in I think fun little doses.  It won’t be perfect when it’s done, but I’m loving every inch of it.

Here’s the thing, though.  This story?  Isn’t the one I want to tell with these characters.  Not in the slightest.  So when I’m finished, I’m scuttling it, taking the best stuff, adding a few new tweaks, and fashioning a new novel to send out to the publishing world.  Who knows with it, right?  Right.

The important part of that last paragraph is the “when I’m finished.”  I don’t mean with the contest.  I intend to finish this novel, the wrong story, before moving on to the next one.

I said I was loving this novel, right?  I’m loving it too much not to finish it.  I want it and its future (fraternal?) twin sister to be.  That sounds nuts, even to me, but there we go.

Any luck, I will be adding “finished novelist” to the list of honestly meaningless titles I have either at year’s end or just at the start of next year.  The twin shouldn’t take too long finishing, what with a lot of it already written (hopefully).  Then I can worry about the only title that matters.

Professional writer.

That said, let’s look at some stats.

Book One is 22,636 words long.  About half of what I need for the contest.  The full novel I want is about 100,000 words long, though as it’s possible I’m not going to send this one out I might let it stop at 75,000.  Depends how I’m doing, how eager I am to get to the twin, that sort of thing.

All said, I’m about 22 to 30% done.  Which is closer than I’ve ever come before.

Those checking my NaNo stats for today might notice I’m at 38,405 words.  Of that total, 3,856 of that (roughly a mere 10%) is stuff that happens later in the novel.  How much gets used I won’t know until I get there.

The rest of that (11,913 words, or about 31%) is scrap.  Wheel spinning.  Me trying to get this bird off the ground.  It’s there to keep the count where it should be, sad to say.

Which means that only around 59% of what I have is actual novel for the contest.

It should be added that this is a bigger percentage than any other time.  Except maybe Fear Adventure.  That might have been 100% novel but only 80% (or so) finished.

While I’m breaking no rule this way, it does feel a little cheap.  My goal has always been finished novel.  Every year doing this, though, has taught me more and more about the craft.

Hopefully next year will be the year.


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