NaNo Redux* (Writing Update)

It's time for another monthly writing update, y'all! These are mostly for my own edification, so no worries if you nod off.

(Just in case narcissism isn't your cup of tea, here's a video of baby bats being swaddled. Awww! I WANT ONE!)

Ahem. So...November.

I participated in NaNoWriMo again this year. Sort of.

I mean, I set myself a goal for the month, and kept track of my daily word count on the NaNoWriMo website. But I didn't shoot for 60K like I did last year (or even 50K, like most people). My goal was to write THE DISTANT LIGHT OF DAWN (a flintlock fantasy novella) from start to finish. And I did.

THE DISTANT LIGHT OF DAWN clocks in at a mere 17K words. So although my brain keeps trying to tell me that this is less of an accomplishment than last year, the lower word count meant that I could edit as I wrote. Instead of ending up with a shitty half-draft, I now have a solid first draft.

What am I working on in December? (Asked no one, ever.)

I'm taking this first week to do a final read-through of THE DISTANT LIGHT OF DAWN before I set it aside for the winter. Then I'm going to tighten up A SMUDGED AND CROOKED LINE (an island fantasy short I wrote over the summer) and send it off to my alpha readers. Any time left in the month will be spent on pre-work for GARDEN OF THE STARS, a space fantasy that I'm VERY excited to start writing.

Come January, I'm putting everything on hold while I dive into the third draft of A RAVENING FIRE. I'm planning a complete teardown and rebuild based on alpha reader comments (and my own notes, of course). I'm pretty stoked. It's going to be a lot of work, but I know the story will be stronger for it.

Having multiple projects in various stages of outlining, writing, revising, and submitting gets me excited. It reminds me why I love this so much. For me, writing is both art and escape. A chance to level-up my craft while creating bold stories in fun new worlds. It makes me wish I'd started taking it seriously a lot sooner.

But hey, what's life without a few regrets?


*NaNo Redux is totally going to be the name of my deconstructed cowpunk album consisting mostly of leaky faucet sounds.