Reflections on NaNoWriMo


Done for another year. Last year was the first year I participated in NaNoWriMo, so it was interesting to do it again and see if the same things happened as last year. Yep, they did.

Writing frantically, every day for 30 days, means there isn’t time for editing. Last year was difficult because first, I’m a short story writer, and second, I tend to edit as I go. I didn’t think I could write a novel of 50,000, but I did it last year, and again this year, so last year wasn’t a fluke.

The other thing I found interesting is that my novels didn’t go where I wanted them to go, and people and events crept in when I wasn’t paying attention. This year, I wanted to write a history of the Divine Sisterhood of Animal Magick, which was something I came up with in a short story. I thought I would start way back in the Dark Ages to show how the sisterhood started and then write vignettes about the sisterhood and its members at different times in history. Silly me!! I should have known better! These were to be people taken in as young girls and tested for their ability to talk to animals, and how they were treated, etc. But I ended up with People who are Magic, and can either time travel or live forever as each vignette had the same characters. And that wasn’t being lazy, as I had all the names for each time period picked out.

There were also storms at sea, and storms on land, and a ship getting blown off course during a hurricane and ending up in the New World. And when I came up with a name for the ‘castle’ in North Wales where it all began I was kinda spooked to find out there really is a ‘castle’ with that name, and it was built in the 16th Century. 

So now I don’t plan to write at all during December. I will catch up on the stack of books waiting to be read, and the blogs that need to be read and commented on, and the new followers and commenters on my blogs that need to be acknowledged, and the list goes on. In january, I will go back to editing last year’s novel and start editing this year’s. And I will probably do some research that I should have done in September and October. But it’s hard to do research if I don’t know where the novel is going to take me.

And yes, I’ll do it again next year.


11 thoughts on “Reflections on NaNoWriMo

  1. I love that you won, Ruth! congratulations!! I also love how your novel – well, your characters – took your stories where THEY wanted to go…it’s as if they take on lives of their own, isn’t it?! I’ve never felt up to tackling fiction, partly for that reason…maybe I feel a need for more control, I don’t know, and I suppose I ought to investigate that someday. But I’ve always felt that when you write fiction, you do lose control as the characters come alive and begin to take you to the places THEY want to go. Have fun this month with all your catching up! xoxo

  2. Thanks, Sharon. I should know better by now than to think I’m in control of my novel, right?? LOL There are writers, though, who make outlines, and stick with the outline and write their characters and the plot according to the outline. I’m not one of them. Obviously! 🙂

  3. Hey Ruth!! I’m still catching up on blogs since NaNo! Boy howdy did I get behind in reading them!
    Congrats on finishing again! I hope to read an excerpt (or the whole thing) one day soon! 😉

  4. Hi, and yes, I know all about getting behind during NaNo!! I have a couple of excerpts from this year’s and last year’s NaNo on my Sable Wings blog. I’m still editing, though, and not getting very far yet. 🙂

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