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Wednesday, 31 December 2008


"Silent Guns" was given the big thumbs down again. Looks like I might have to file that one under "good, but not good enough" and give something else a go.

Friday, 5 December 2008

The End

Often when I write I get a flash of how I want the story to end, the hard part being getting the characters to that point. It may be a sentence or a whole scene, but I know how I want to wrap things up.

This year's Nano was different. Right up to Nov 1 I had no real idea what story I was going to write, so it progressed a little slowly. I would get an idea, write it, then go "now what?" for the next day.

Yesterday I had a flash of exactly how I want to finish the novel. It even came as a couple of different scenes, as the end required a scene previous. Interestingly the final parts are based on something I had come up with about half way through the month, an almost throwaway scene to pad out the word count that will now turn out to be rather vital to the whole shebang. An interesting development.

Monday, 1 December 2008

The view from orbit

After a couple of languid nights of typing on the weekend I finished with a word count of 51,714. The official Nano count is probably a bit higher as when I submitted on Saturday it upped my word count from 50,025 to 50,076. But that's close enough for me.

It's been a fun month. I managed to stay ahead of the curve each day and only had a couple of really poor word counts that were nicely balanced by some big days. There's a novel buried somewhere amongst all that wordage, so I'll have to find it one of these days.

What I need to do the next time, or whenever I write again, is to try to find a less distracting place to type than the office or lounge room. Too many distractions like TV or the internet that really slow down the writing process. I had a couple of good writing days when I headed out of the office to a lab on campus and just sat and wrote. Definitely the way to go.

What next? Some short stories, I think, work a bit on this and last year's efforts, then plan out Nano09 with a target of 60k words. Only twelve months to go, after all...