My Eighth Win


I have joined the winners’ circle! My story is only just now getting started, however. My characters have sought the advice of a wise older character and are armed with the knowledge they need to begin their quest. At this rate, the story will not be over until it gets to 100,000 words, and who knows when that will happen. But I’m glad to have filled in more blanks in the timeline of my series.

If I am not mistaken, this is the only NaNoWriMo where I have written at least 1,667 words every day. On Fridays, I’m normally too tired to do much of anything, so I usually skip writing and do double the daily word count on Saturday. This time, I didn’t do that. It is very easy to write 1,667 words of rough draft every day, especially when you repeat the mantra “This sucks, but I’ll fix it later” over and over. On the plus side, this will make my normal goal of 500 words a day seem very achievable once I get back to it. :)

Congratulations to all the other winners!

Unfinished Business

Current NaNoWriMo word count: 44,547

This has been a very strange NaNoWriMo. In all of the previous years’ stories, I started off really strong and began to get tired of the story as the month went on. (Life tip: If you ever want time to go more slowly, write 50,000 words of a new story in a month.) This year has been the opposite: I wasn’t too fond of the story when it started. What sounded awesome in the outline turned out to be not that great when fleshed out on screen. But because I must reach 50,000 at all costs, I continued to write through the boring scenes (and make them a little more interesting).

I think it was around Day 20 when the story finally started to get going (long after I had abandoned my outline completely), and it’s nowhere near complete. There is very little doubt in my mind that I will reach 50,000 before November 30, but I don’t know how many more words I will need to write before the plot is resolved. I also don’t know if I want to continue the story into December. I may just put it on hold indefinitely or continue to work on it at a slower pace.

This is weird because I normally finish my NaNo/Camp NaNo stories within the target word count. PAUL, which was written this past April, is the other exception; it’s still not finished to this day. I hate to have incomplete stories lying around, so at some point, I will finish them. I’m just not sure at what point that will be.

BTW, Happy Thanksgiving!

Breaking Up with Star Wars

The new Star Wars movie is coming out next month, and the hype is intense. In the wake of all this excitement stands a very bitter George Lucas, who has announced that he is “done” with Star Wars. Many creative people wish they had the problem of selling their brainchild to Disney for billions of dollars, then no longer having any control over it or any rights to it. Seems like Lucas should just be happy with his money and stop whining.

I understand where he’s coming from, though. In this article, Lucas says that Star Wars is “actually a soap opera and it’s all about family problems – it’s not about spaceships.” Others involved wanted to take the franchise in a direction opposite from Lucas’s vision, so he let them do that. From the standpoint of a creative person, it is awful to give up your magnum opus and watch it become something you never intended.

Yes, George Lucas has tons of haters who think that he destroyed the series by creating Episodes 1, 2, and 3, which were supposedly horrible. I was 10 years old when Episode 1 came out, and it was my first Star Wars movie. Once I had seen all the movies in the series, I ended up liking the prequels more than the originals (probably because I didn’t grow up with the originals). So I’m not one of the haters, but I do understand that once you put your work in the public eye and it becomes as insanely popular as Star Wars is, it becomes less yours and more the world’s. People become emotionally attached to it, and they project their own ideas onto it. Perhaps George Lucas did not take that into account when he made those remarks about someone else “doing their own thing” with his work. After a lifetime of creating and being immersed in your own universe, it must be easy to forget that it technically isn’t your own after you’ve given it away.

But the haters forget that if it wasn’t for Lucas, they wouldn’t have any Star Wars at all.