NaNaWriMo Diary – 26Posted: November 26, 2016
I just completed 50,000 words. According to my Google Docs, my word count is 50,211 of completed draft. I have more snippets I’ve written that are parts of upcoming chapters. NaNo’s official counter says I have 49,901, so I will have to write another chapter before I can claim my “official” win.
This has been a powerfully good experience though I did not expect it to be so.
Before I began, I sorta loathed the idea of NaNo. My thought was “you can write quickly or you can write well.” I imagined the words coming out of NaNo would be quantity but would never be quality. That’s one of the reasons I had never pursued it.
Because Meg begged and pleaded with me to do it, I tried. She is a nag when she doesn’t get her way.
What I found was I was kinda right. My words are not great. The big difference, though, is I now see the power of getting a story out there and done. The rewrites won’t be difficult and it is the story, more than the language, you have to get down first.
I also thought there was no way I could ever write enough to get 50,000 words done in 30 days time. Again, I was surprised. I found I was able to do light research and write what I believe to be an interesting story in less time than I imagined and I actually enjoyed it.