Okay, I’ve finally found time to do another blog post journaling my experience doing NaNoWriMo now that it’s… Omigosh – November 30th!
Yeah, I expected to be blogging a lot more this time around, but multitudinal obligations took up a lot of my time, one of them being doing NaNo itself. Even more than in previous years, I found myself just barely managing to make quota on most days.
Has anyone else had that experience?
As suspected, I did come to finish off the essential aspects of the story and clock in at about halfway between 50,000 and 60,000 words, as I did with my previous two NaNo projects, even though this one followed a very different story arc than the last two. At this point, all I’m left with to work on is two and a half chapters to edit, and possibly another scene to add if time permits (saved for last because the story functions without it but I still think it would be fun to include). And there are some last-minute bits of research I should do as well.
As for why this year’s project was more of a challenge for me, I’m not quite sure. Maybe my brain is dealing with Blank Page Syndrome differently than it used to. I know it’s not that my life actually busier (at least not these days). It could be partly due to the fact that I hold elves with a higher reverence than I do any of the groups I’ve done for NaNo before, and wanted to make sure that I did each character concept justice. It could also be that writing zombies is a much deeper foray into the actual Horror genre than what I’ve done before, and it proved to be more of an exercise than expected for my brain to learn the styling for it.
It could also be the juxtaposition I had mentioned before, of putting elves and zombies into the same story and seeing how the two completely opposite tones interact with and play off of each other. The experiment certainly bore some interesting creative results. When I set out to write a story predominantly featuring elves, I didn’t expect the dialogue to turn into such a sassy snark-fest, but that is the direction a lot of it took. Perhaps it’s true what they say, and zombie apocalypses just bring out the worst in people.
How is your NaNoWriMo journey coming along? Are you all finished? Is there more work to do through December or the coming New Year? Do you need a vacation after all of this? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you 🙂