The NaNoWriMo 2007 Report: The 56,000-Word View

NaNoWriMo 2007 WinnerYes, it’s done. The story itself is not yet finished–far from it, in fact. But November has come to close and, with it, NaNoWriMo 2007.

This year was in many ways a similar experience to last year, and in some ways quite different. In looking back at last year’s reports, I see the same complaints of difficulties with the muse during approximately the same periods. This year, though, I knew better than to believe that I could start slow and catch up later. With a specific daily goal, and a strong goad of discipline, this year was a much more satisfying experience. I spent less time worrying over how much I’d fallen behind my needed word count (which I never did this year) and more about the progression of the story.

[For those of you interested in the statistics: To reach the 50,000-word mark requires an average of 1,667 words/day. I set a personal goal of 1,700 words/day to give myself a very small buffer. Had I maintained that, I would have reached 50,000 words on the 29th–only one day early. My average was slightly more than 1,800 words/day. What a difference an extra 100 words make!)

I believe this year’s story is much more structured than last year’s effort. Although I had to do some literary tap-dancing a bit here and there, it generally adheres to the overall structure I set out for it. I do recognize that there are gaps that I need to fill in order to complete the overall story, but I think that as it is, it works (or will work, when completed) as a sufficiently self-contained story.

It’s nice to know that I can learn from my mistakes. πŸ™‚

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