So, NaNoWriMo is over for another year.
In the run-up to November, I honestly didn’t know if I was going to take part. I’ve consistently attempted NaNo for several years, and I wanted to try again this year, but I didn’t know if it was possible with everything else going on.
To begin with, I was starting the month in England for the annual SCBWI Conference, and I wouldn’t have my laptop with me. (There would have been no point, I didn’t have a spare minute for the whole three days.) I was also trying to keep up with my studies. But, despite this, I decided to go for it in the end anyway. I wasn’t really expecting to hit the 50,000-word goal, but I wanted to write as much as possible.
I signed up –– and then promptly got sick. (Typical, right?)
Even so, I managed 21,000 words total across thirty days.
- 2 Poems (200 Words)
- 5 Blog Posts (4,200 Words)
- a 600-word story outline (for Death Girl: a project that’ll either end up as a novel or novella)
- 16,000 Words of Fan Fiction
Going in, I thought I’d be mainly working on one project (Death Girl) but, as you can see, I actually ended up mostly writing fanfic. I’m okay with that. Given the craziness of the month, I’m happy with how I did.
Going forward, I thought some of you might be wondering what works-in-progress I have left after recently abandoning a bunch. So, here’s the breakdown of that:
Right at the top of my list is the fanfiction I was writing in November. Originally started in October, it’s now at 24,000 words and I expect it will be done at 30k. I aim to have those final six-thousand words done by Christmas.
My two main projects for the first half of 2020 are the third book in my trilogy (which I will be working on during CampNaNoWriMo in April) and a draft of Death Girl (now scheduled for CampNaNo in July). I also want to finish three short stories: Prepared, The Change, and Wingman.
Back Burner Projects:
- A non-fiction book about my childhood
- Short Stories: Drama Queen and Subterfuge
- Y.A. Novels: Rain After Fire, Family Secret, and Holes
- Adult Novels: Sasha and A Man Convinced
- Ella and Vin – a standalone comic book
- A random academic essay I have an idea for (not actually part of my current course)
- The twenty-five fanfic WIPs I have ideas for, that I mentioned in part two of my ‘Idea Graveyard’ post
What writing projects are you in the middle of, dear reader? Please tell me in a comment below.