NaNoWriMo Reflections

Novel“If you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.” –David Bowie

I have a certain writing style with my fiction. I quite like it. But sometimes it feels a little too comfortable. My goal for NaNoWriMo this year was to make myself uncomfortable. Since I not only changed up my style but also wound up telling a story that involved a rapist movie star and a suicidal transvestite dominatrix, I think I accomplished that.

So, I spent 29 days banging out 50,000 words without doing any pre-planning ahead of time. What do I have here? Honestly, it’s a mess. But it’s a glorious mess that I’m quite happy with.

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NaNoWriMo, Day 29

NaNoWriMo Winner

I like to finish up NaNoWriMo early, lest I forget to update my word count or experience a computer crash on the last day and miss out on the sweet Internet glory. A long, frantic writing session has allowed me to accomplish this goal today, bringing my glorious mess of a novel to its conclusion. I’ll reflect on the month tomorrow, after I get some well-earned rest.

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NaNoWriMo, Day 25

Kinky Handcuffs

Rape is one of the most disturbing things that can happen to a person. As such, I feel obligated to note that today’s NaNoWriMo entry has a description of a rape in it. If you don’t want to read that, skip this entry. I’m trying to treat this subject matter with the seriousness and consideration it deserves, and hopefully I am succeeding with that.

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NaNoWriMo: Days 18-20

Mysterious MansionThe weekend saw me absolutely swamped by kids’ sports, my wife’s birthday, and paid writing projects. Advancing my NaNoWriMo plot in a coherent manner became a struggle with all these other obligations. I focused on pushing through and at least getting my plot so far straight in my head so I could work on pressing onward when I have more time.

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