Tuesday 30 November 2010

Yay! I did NaNo!

Phew! Finally NaNo is over and I made it past the 50K mark. My final word count, for the time being any how, is 50321 words.

Despite all my whinging and whining and general carrying on, I did end up quite enjoying the whole process. I now have a good chunk of a novel which I have ended up actually quite liking, and I'm looking forward to discecting it and then putting it all back together again. I really hope what I have the basis for could end up being something really special, but I still need to add a good 30k to it to make it a decent novel length, and a whole heap of editing needs to be done, of course.

One thing NaNo has taught me is that I am capable of sitting down and focusing on one thing. Okay, I may have sneaked off and done a couple of other things as well--I finished writing, submitted, and had a short story accepted during NaNo month, and I've also been working on a couple of other projects on the side as well. I think I still needed to do this to keep me sane, and it seems to have worked out okay.

With my new frame of mind, I have decided to dedicate each month to a different project, making sure that month's project always gets priority over everything else. I'm hoping this may make me more productive, and even a bit more organised, but we will see.

So, will I do NaNo again? Probably, though my husband will probably fall to the floor and weep, begging me not to! He has already threatened that if I do NaNo next year he will do Movember. Ahhh, I can see next November being a fun time in the Farrar household!


  1. Congrats, Marissa. Now make sure you get on with that other 30,000 words! Very well done.

  2. Congrats, Marissa. I have 1400 words to go by Midnight. Yikes! After that, I hope to catch up on reading. Including your book ALONE. Can't wait.

  3. Go Ciara! I know you can do it! I can't wait to hear what you think of my book as well, so make sure you let me know!

    David-- I love you little avatar. It's seriously creepy. I think my 30K is going to have to wait until the new year to be written, but don't worry, it WILL get written!

  4. YAY! Congrats! That's a great idea devoting one month to a specific project. :)

  5. YAY!!! I'm soooo glad to hear you liked your novel in the end.

  6. I don't like you anymore, Marissa ;-)