Monday, November 26, 2007

NaNoDone!

I am very happy to announce that I have crossed the 50,000 word mark and am officially a NaNoWriMo winner! The novel isn't actually done yet. There is still the big concert at the folk music festival and the resolution of the environmental pollution/cartoon animation mystery, but that should be no problem to wrap up, making up chemicals and chemical interactions as I go.

However, I have decided to completely reorganize this novel-like object and start all over again, from a different viewpoint, in a different point in time, and with slightly different characters. The new novel will have sparkling dialogue, creative wordplay, subtle intellectual humor, and a twisting and turning plot that ultimately makes sense and leaves you with a nice fully resolved feeling in the end. My current novel is lacking some of these things! But I can't tell you how happy I am that I participated in NaNoWriMo, and that I made it across the finish line.

9 comments:

LD/Brownie said...

Congratulations! I would've done NaNoWriMo if it weren't for my consistent problem with novel writing: lack of a good idea. I'm very excited for you and happy to see you succeed at this!

Maricello said...

Thanks LD! I've never had an idea either, until this year, and this year's idea is largely based on true life, or, rather, taking various aspects of my life and jumbling them up and trying to come up with something new. You read a lot, so I would think you really have many more ideas than you think you do. You can write a sequel to a novel, for instance, or tell a well-known story from a different point of view. What made it possible for me to do this is to say, "this is not going to be my Great American Novel, it's just going to be practice in noveling." That way all those high expectations you have of yourself don't hold you back so much. Your next novel can be the good one. :-)

MusicGal said...

Wow, congratulations! I heard about this about 1 1/2 weeks before it started, so I didn't really have a chance to think of a 'good idea'... (I frequently suffer from that malady!) ;D
That's pretty awesome, and congratulations again!

melissa said...

Congrats! That is a really awesome accomplishment!

Gottagopractice said...

Woo hoo! Good work. Can't wait to read the final draft. Don't put it off too long <g>.

cellodonna said...

Bravo. Well done!

Maricello said...

Thanks to all! Musicgal, there is a special site for students that gives you guidance for plot and character development, writing description, etc. It is also useful for adults! See
Young Writers Program

There is also ScriptFrenzy, if you want to write scripts. ScriptFrenzy has an amusing little plot machine.

GTGP, I think National Novel Editing Month is in March, so I might wait until then. :-)

Cellogal said...

Soooo cool! Would love to write but never seem to have time for the current stuff in my life!
Well done for making the time in what also seems like a very busy life : )

Maricello said...

Thanks Cellogal, The glory of nanowrimo is that it creates social pressure to write, and rewards you for quantity, not quality. :-)