Camp NaNoWriMo Victory II

I finished on August 31 at 7:40-something in the morning, with 50,015 words, which I think is my lowest word count for any NaNoWriMo event, but that doesn’t matter. I won! And here is what I learned:

1. I can mysteriously manage to write 1,613 words in less than an hour (sometimes in less than 45 minutes) when it’s a weekday. But on the weekends, it takes me two or three hours to write that same amount of words.

2. I couldn’t write with music this time around. For June’s Camp NaNo, I could write with music playing. I really can’t say why… another mystery.

3. My compulsion to recycle characters from older novels hasn’t left. Instead of creating new characters, I thought that existing characters would work just as well in minor roles, so I had quite a few cameos. That was fun.

4. This was technically a second draft (yes, I rebelled), and it turned out completely different from the first draft. Like, 180-degree-change different. The only similarity was I didn’t change most of the characters (although I did remove a bunch; I think the first draft had way too many to begin with).

5. I’m going to have to change the title. DANIEL no longer fits. I don’t know what the new title would be, but it definitely won’t be DANIEL.

All in all, I would say that it was a successful revision, although it raised a lot of worldbuilding-related questions. I kept having to create little comment balloons in Microsoft Word so I could write those questions down and maybe answer them later on. I think that’s what I’ll be doing for the next few months or so. Lots and lots of worldbuilding.

7 thoughts on “Camp NaNoWriMo Victory II

  1. I tried to reach my 50k within 30 days, just as if it were November, but lost hours on weekends myself and stretched it out to 31. World-building is on my mind now, too, debating how much to explain vs. imply vs. leave the reader to wonder about.

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    1. That’s an issue I have, too. I never know exactly how much to tell the reader or how much the reader should be able to infer. I think a good rule of thumb is to assume that your readers are intelligent; never talk down to your reader.

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  2. Congratulations!

    I can never write to music, unless it’s music I’ve heard so often that it’s becomes background (and sometimes not even that). It may be because I used to be a musician — I tend to get distracted and listen to the music, thinking about that when I should be thinking about the blank piece of paper in front of me. 🙂

    And, yes, I thoroughly endorse recycling characters.

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