Friday, March 18, 2011

NaNo Recap?

I didn't do NaNoWriMo this year.

I did a combination of NaNoRevMo (that revision project is still on hold) and tinkered with a new WIP.

As far as my writing goes, I'm always looking forward, but now and then, I force myself to glance back.

Hopefully, I won't pull a muscle in the process, and I can get a clear view of how far I've come (Or not. *Snort*)

What happened to your NaNo, or November project? When you look back a few months ago, what do you see?

34 comments:

Laura Pauling said...

Last November I was right at the start of my first draft. Now I'm revising, so i can def. see progress. It's good to look back every once in a while.

salarsenッ said...

Yeah, I ended up opting out of NaNo. I was in the process of querying and thankfully receiving requests for material. No takers just yet, but too many 'almosts'. I've decided to add a plot twist to the ms, while plotting out a new WIP. I've also just finished two picture books. I can't wait to start finding a home for those.

storyqueen said...

I didn't NaNo either due to a revision project. November is just a bad month for me to start a project, I think.

I NaNoPiBoMo and wrote some PB ideas, but haven't spruced any of them up yet.

Shelley

B.E. Sanderson said...

The project I started for NaNo got finished on February 7th. Right now, it's marinating. I'll probably get to editing it sometime this summer, if I can get my gumption back and nothing else gets in my way.

Looking back to a few months ago, I see someone who's tuckered out, feeling a little scattered, and who just completed 2/3 of a writing project she's not exactly sure how to end. (Which is why it took another 9 weeks to finish.)

Anne Gallagher said...

I didn't do Nano, was querying at the time. Then I broke a former WiP apart and started writing that. I'm almost done with it.

It's good to look back and see how far you've come.

Sarah said...

I didn't do Nano in 2010, and was totally distracted by querying--and that was the month I got my agent. Not a lot of writing got done! I might give it a try in 2011 this year. But we'll have to see what's happening. I try not to put too much pressure on myself for arbitrary reasons.

Liza said...

No NaNo for me...but I did start something new recently. I also have a major overhaul of taunting me that I need to get to work on...but I'm afraid I don't know how. Hmmm. What to do about that? Blogging is definitely procrastination on my part!

Jess said...

I was a weenie and didn't do a NaNo project. It was a busy month for me, so I just did a lot of brainstorming and character sketches. It turned out to be pretty relaxing, writing-wise, and I was hungry to write again come December!

Carol Kilgore said...

No NaNo for me either. But I am still meeting my 2011 goals - and it's March. So far so good. Wish me luck.

lbdiamond said...

I did a NaNoRevMo too! And it's spilled into NaMarRevMo...it'll probably turn into NaAugRevMo at the rate I'm going, LOL!

Claire Gregory said...

Lydia, I was just thinking about NaNo yesterday. I did it for the first time in 2010, and it was amazing for me. I got over 60,000 words written on my existing WIP, and it was completely exhilarating. I was thinking about it because I was driving through the area where the first meeting of the local NaNo group was held, and even today when I so much as drive past there I remember the excitement and lightness of November.

Am I going to use those 60,000 words? No. They ended up taking me in the wrong direction, which is probably a function of how fast I was writing. Was it good for my productivity afterwards? Yes and no. I wrote 27,000 words in December, but zero since then. Major burnout. But all in all, the experience was hugely valuable, and I can't wait to do it again. It wasn't the content I got from it that made it brilliant- it was the experience of letting go of all the negativity and just being *excited* about writing again that did it. This year, I'll aim to write less, but keep that level of joy. In the meantime, I'm now going back to the start and rewriting the WIP again, with new and better perspectives.

Matthew MacNish said...

I didn't make much progress at all in November and December, but I'm making up for it so far this year!

Erica Mitchell-Spickard said...

I did nothing, absolutley nothing, in november in terms of writing. I wrote some christmas cards, though. If that counts then I rocked out the CardNoRiMo. I'm making up for it now but I had a serious dry spell in November (dec, jan). Have a wonderful weekend m'dear!

Munk said...

Did you really just snort?

Old Kitty said...

I didn't do the nano but I guess I'm still doing the nanorevmo! LOL!!

Please take care and don't pull a muscle!!! xx

Heather said...

I look back and the beginning of a novel I have fallen in love with. And I'm almost done! I don't do NaNo. It takes me about four months to complete a novel and write chapter by chapter. It works for me! :)

Elana Johnson said...

Oh man, I actually had to turn my NaNo project into something this year! And I did. And it's being read right now... #scary

Krispy said...

Uh, what NaNo? -__- It's been sitting because I got distracted by a new shiny. The bright side is that my NaNo was a reboot of an old novel, and with distance I can see I need to go a more middle route with the two versions. The first one was too unfocused, the NaNo reboot sucked out too much of the fun. :P

But first the joint WIP with Alz! :)

The Golden Eagle said...

I'm revising (or more like rewriting) my NaNoWriMo novel, and working on a few ideas that I've gotten since then. Most of what I see needs . . . a lot of work. :P

Have a great weekend!

LTM said...

I did RevMo, too, remember? That's how we met... sigh. Those were the days. We were young and...

zeerrip!

I'm still in query purg. I think the revision went really, really well... so we'll see!

Have a great weekend~ :o) <3

Theresa Milstein said...

Don't pull a muscle!

I'm working on my WIP. Here and there. Slow and steady. I'm at 43k, and think I'll be done around 52k. Maybe.

Have a great weekend!

If you get a chance, visit my blog. I'm holding a contest.

Margo Berendsen said...

(hi crusader) Usually by now I've fizzled out on my NaNo project, but this year I am still working on it. About to dive into the revision stage! Which means I have to comment on your previous post :)

Tamara D Hanson said...

I am on final edits of my NaNo project. I already have two full requests without pitching. LOL. Not sure how that happened. Hope to get it to them soon before they change their mind. :)

Karen Lange said...

Looking back, I was in a tangled mess of projects. Things have since smoothed out just a bit. I'm thankful. :)

The Words Crafter said...

*hiding my face* My nano ms is still waiting on editing!!!!! I've been a very very very bad writer :( I hope to work on either the nano or the original wip this weekend. Wanna hold me accountable?

Rachna Chhabria said...

I didn't do NaNo either. The collection of stories I hoped to turn into a novel in November has been postponed. Hope to start work on it this month.

Kathy Bradey said...

I wrote 3.5k in the first few days and was really proud of myself. I haven't looked at it since!

Faith said...

My NaNo still needs revisions... sigh. But on the bright side, I've started working on revising my NaNo 2009 novel. So I guess that's something? I'm just... doing things completely out of order...

mist of the blossom rain said...

I unfortunate didn't do Nanowrimo last year.:(

taio said...

foarte frumos

Deniz Bevan said...

I failed on NaNo the year before, but last year I nailed it and more! Mainly because it came about just when I needed that last push to finish the first draft of my book and I was already in stride. It helped a lot that many of the authors in the writers forum I belong to were also participating - group motivation works wonders!

Jodi Henry said...

NaNo, yeah...I did it. Conquered it and finished the novel in mid Feb. Now in the stages of revising, restructuring, etc...It needs work.

But, I've also started a new project that tired to interrupt in November.

J

February Grace said...

Great post!

I pushed myself to do NaNo again last year because I had been in such a slump writing wise in 2010 in large part due to being really really sick all year- and even though I had to type most of it with my eyes closed (literally) I did make word goal. I FORCED myself (and it was not easy) to let it sit for a few months- and right now I am finishing the book.

I think I love it more than just about anything else I've ever written.

If not for the encouragement of a few really good friends I wouldn't have made it to word goal- I was recovering from multiple surgeries (I've had 15 surgeries in the past 23 months: 6 have been on my eyes) and making it through getting the idea out of my head despite all the pain I was in and at times typing when I couldn't lift my head- that is something I could only do with the motivation of NaNo and friends.

I love NaNo so much. I wish I could do Script Frenzy next month for the second time but I am determined to finish my WIP.

I know NaNo isn't a good fit for some people- but for me, it's the most magical time of the year.

hugs
bru

Ivy said...

My NaNo only got about halfway, but I loved the thrill of racing through a draft like that. I swore to myself I'd try a tamer version of it, and so here I am in March getting around to trying another novel draft using that same fast process. The manuscript I worked on in November got cannibalized, I've been raiding it for other stories. But the opening scene I'm using again for my new novel. We'll see where it goes.

 
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