Back from the depths of NaNoWriMo

It has been way too long since a blog entry. I really had every intention of writing a little summary of my writing day during NaNoWriMo, but I think it just became too many words. And, yanno, that happens sometimes. Best laid plains and all of that rot. 

I did manage to win at NaNoWriMo with 50,3022 words. I did not finish my novel. Mostly, it seems to be 50,000 words of exploring my protagonist and tossing her into some relatively mundane and arguably boring situations. Oh, there was tension, of course. Mysteries that started and needed unraveling. At the very end of those words there was also the potential of a love interest, and I had zero intentions of introducing one to her. Side characters were finding love matches left, right, and center but Wren wasn’t supposed to. But now I have this character by the name of Tobias (because of course he is named Tobias. How many of y’all read Animorphs in your youth?  I read a fair few but never finished the series. But, Tobias. I believe Tobias was my first literary crush and since then I tend to toss a character named Tobias anything with more than like 10k words). I enjoyed getting to know Wren and her friends and family. Most everyone seemed to line up with how I initially imagined them, but of course, there were some surprises. 

I took a few days off that story and I have slowly been climbing back into it. A fresh new scrivener doc labeled 1.5 has been created. I am going to pull scenes and writing from the first, but mostly, start afresh with these new insights I have. This isn’t a second draft. It’s an odd version of the first one, still in process. I am going to try to finagle a more coherent plot, figure out what the main problem actually is, but also just write. Continue to write and not worry about it being any good. Figure out what the actual story is. See where the heck Wren wants me to take her and her world, because I am still a little bit at a loss. 

Going into NaNo, I had not figured out an ending. Spoiler alert: I still have no clue what the ending is. I am stumbling along in the dark, and it is thrilling if not a little frustrating. Hopefully, with this new version of vague plotting and planning, I’ll figure out something.

Anyway, I am proud of myself. I wrote a lot of words last month. I fell in love with streaming the writing process on twitch (and also streaming in general). I am keeping that up. I am going to get back into blogging, though. My goal is at least two entries a week. Some rambling about my writing and mostly, prompts. I have missed prompts. 

Speaking of prompts… I found a list of winter prompts (https://www.writerswrite.co.za/31-writing-prompts-for-december-2020/) and I have selected four at random and they are:

  1. In between
  2. Underpressure
  3. Weak
  4. Pots

Let’s see how many of these I can actually write this month! Angling on working on the first prompt on Friday during a writing stream, we’ll see how it goes. You can follow me at twitch.tv/agingerwrites if you care to. 

Did you end up doing NaNoWriMo?  If so, how did it go? If not, have you ever done it before and do you think you could?