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The End of NaNoWiMo 2014

I haven’t been writing many Nano posts this year, but I just hit 50k! Go me!

So it took me considerably longer this year. Partially that was because of a much greater college workload, but a big part of it was just not being quite as enthusiastic about my story idea as I was last time around. People say to write what interests you rather than what you think will sell and I’m definitely proving that true. I actually hit 35k, realized the idea I was working on wasn’t going to sustain a full novel without major expansion that I didn’t have time to think about right now and then switched to a different idea for the last 15,000 words, which I guess is technically breaking the “rules” but whatever. I didn’t want to break my momentum.

But before we close this thing off completely, we have two pep talks to look at! The first is from Doing In The Wizard’s very own Brandon Sanderson! It’s actually pretty good! It focuses on an area of the career that NaNo by design doesn’t seem to like to emphasize- how fucking long it can take to actually get a book sold. I like this message, talking about how Sanderson’s sixth book ended up getting accepted out of the blue after he had written and sent off twelve:

You could be writing the book that changes your life. You could have already submitted it, or self-published it. The spark could be starting a fire for you as well. You don’t know, and you can’t know. That is the thrill of being an artist, of working for yourself, and of telling the stories you want to tell.

I don’t know, so much of the NaNo Message is about not giving up on the writing itself, but the truth is that’s just the start. It seems like just waiting for someone to bite might be just as gruelling (I hope to be able to write about this topic from first-hand experience sometime soon).

And then after that we’ve got…… Jim Butcher! His pep talk is one of those dorky “I’m going to tell you not to do these things but actually you should do these things, also being a writer sucks (but I’m only joking actually it’s awesome). I have seen this technique done well once and only once, in this book. Butcher doesn’t bring anything new to the table.

In any case, this year’s NaNo might not have been as smooth sailing as before- to be perfectly honest the main thing I took away from it is that trying to write during really stressful periods probably won’t go too well- but I enjoyed it all the same and I remain just as committed to writing as I was at the end of last November.

NaNoWriMo Day 12: VICTOIRE

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Get out the confetti and cake, for I…… HAVE COMPLETED NANOWRIMO!

No doubt news of my stunning victory- the most significant cultural event of the 21st century- has already reached you, seeing as how it is currently the front-page story of every newspaper on Earth. Time magazine promptly scrapped their person of the year plans when they got wind of the achievement, and NaNoWriMo itself will henceforth be re-branded NaRoApMo (National Ronan Appreciation Month). Similarly, Movember will now be known as Rovember and it will be relaunched as an event in which people attempt in vain to be as great as I am.

I’d like to thank my cat Marvin, who assisted me by lying on my keyboard and head-butting my mouse when I was trying to write.

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NaNoWriMo Day 8: Panic At The Keyboard

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I continue to march boldly across the uncharted wilds of NaNoWriMo. It’s going quite well. I am thinking of story, and then writing the story down. Words flow from my mind like a righteous jet of urine from a mighty bladder (that’s a sneak peek of the sorts of quality similes you can expect from my steampunk cozy mystery novel Marionn Prenderghast: Ghost For Hire*).

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NaNoWriMo Day 6: Let’s Read Patrick Rothfuss’ Pep Talk

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So I had a whole other post ready to go here, discussing Cathyrenne Valente’s pep talk and whining about the forum some more, but then something very important happened: the eagerly anticipated Patrick Rothfuss pep talk was released.

The fact that he was involved with NaNoWriMo is maybe 30% of the reason I decided to take part in it to begin with (I really wish I was joking about that) so I thought I’d take some time away from The Journey to Let’s Read this shit. Just like the good old days!

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