Finished… But Unfinished

I hit 50k for NaNoWriMo yesterday afternoon, and although I’m technically “finished” with NaNo and have the required word count necessary to win, the story is nowhere near done. As of today, my stats graph looks like this:

I always plan 30 days’ worth of chapters or sections or material or however you want to say it, even though this year and last year, I hit 50k early. So the word count’s done, but the story arc is unfinished. I admit, it would be very nice to just quit in the middle of the story, since I have 50k, but I’m pretty sure the characters won’t stop until I write down everything they want to say.

By the end of the month, I may end up with well over 60k words. And it doesn’t stop there. I want the story I’m writing to continue past November, since I designed it to be more or less a soap opera. If one story line ends, there are still two or three others that are still open and need to be finished. That’s how soap operas drag on and on and on – the real challenge is coming up with enough crazy material to keep the characters, readers, and writer interested.

I’m writing this story for the pure fun and enjoyment of it. I doubt it will ever get published, not even on the Internet. For the first time in a long time I have a great set of characters that I really love writing about and that makes me happy. 🙂

10 thoughts on “Finished… But Unfinished

  1. Maggie, do you ever go out of your house? You achieved your 100 books target for the year, and now you finished the NaNo challenge with 10 days to spare. I think you need some fresh air!

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  2. Your last paragraph says it all:

    I’m writing this story for the pure fun and enjoyment of it. I doubt it will ever get published, not even on the Internet. For the first time in a long time I have a great set of characters that I really love writing about and that makes me happy.

    Nothing better than ENJOYING the journey without worrying about the destination. 😀

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  3. HI, Maggie

    Wow! And I thought I was doing well. (I”ll probably finish the 50k count today.) But you, and Catana have gotten there already, and my hat would be off to you, if I wore a hat.

    Like you, and like Catana, hitting 50k words is just a quick stop on the way. My “Tober Chronicles” feel like somewhere between 80k and 100k to reach a satisfying conclusion, so I’ll keep at it.

    Also, like you, this year it has been for the fun of it. You’d think that on my 10th NaNo things would be a little easier–and they are. This has been fun. Finishing a section and checking the word count is always a surprise. “Is the word count thingy broken? It can’t be that many words, already.”

    Perhaps it is flow.

    Whatever it is, you clearly touched that special place, and I trust you will continue to push for the novel, now that you’ve managed the “competition”.

    All the best!

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  4. That’s interesting to hear you say that you’re just writing it for fun and joy. Cool.
    I’m currently doing something that was unplanned…I’m on the 1667 words per day count, so I’m on target to finish 50,000 words by November 30th. Trouble now is that its run dry for me. I still, in some ways, like the idea a lot; its a middle grade with is more “bright” to write versus something somber and serious; and when I read some of the scenes, I chuckle at it, or like it a lot. But now at this point I’ve also lost A LOT of interest; I’m not sure how to direct it , or worse, that I want to …like its not really the “one” and I want, instead, to move on to a new bright, shinier idea that I outline a little bit first.
    So, I’m not sure what to do…simply keep doing it so that I get to the 50K out of sheer stubborness? (if nothing else, this process has gotten me into that habit of writing daily, no matter what)….or not.
    I keep debating whether I ought to even finish it and if I do, whether i would want to go back and edit. Part of me wnts to becuase it actually could be something kinda cute and some of the characters are witty or hysterical…plus, I think editing would help me major improve my writing becuase its only then I’d see the blanket, absurb errors and know how to remedy better in the future.
    BUT, my joy for bright new ideas and embarking on another simply makes me not want to do that.
    Pretty lost soul here 🙂

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    1. If you still love the characters and the majority of the story, I’d say to push on and finish so you have a finished product to work with. And besides, you’re almost at your goal.

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  5. Great job! You are awesome!

    I lost some time traveling, but I fully intend to crank out 50k before December and finish this thing however long it takes! I really like the story I’m working on now and want to try to get it published.

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