50K Death Race Has Come to an End


Wow! I crawled to the finish line again. On the very last day, I had a whopping 6k to pound out to earn that banner above. With family functions, Thanksgiving, and the 9 to 5 gig I struggled to find the time. The funny thing was that I always take off a whole week for NaNo. However, discipline to sit and write without distraction just isn’t my style.

Every year when that free week comes by, I have the mindset that I’ve gone to a writer’s retreat before and cranked out 10k in one day. So, I should be well ahead of the game.


My projects this year were the next two in my Beowulf Hollow series for the Naughty Fairy Tale line Evernight Publishing has. I finished the rough draft on one but the other? On that fateful day of 6k, I had come to a point in the second–but really the third–in the series where the clash of good versus bad character was coming to a head. At this junction of any novel I write, I have to think it out in my head. It’s a very slow process. I didn’t have time on the last day to draw the whole scene out.

Yeah, I know. NaNo is about words. However, what I’ve learned over the years is that it’s better for me to have more of a skeletal work at the end than one filled with purple prose or tons of needless words for words sake. So setting a goal to blow my word count out of the water is out of the question. Honestly, I have too many unfinished projects where I didn’t follow this rule and just looking at them gives me a huge headache.

So, instead of finishing that one I started another project that had been dancing in my head for quite some time. The words flowed so easy and the story is still begging for me to go on but I promised I wouldn’t write on December 1st. Though, I kind of broke that preparing this post but if blog posts don’t count for NaNo, I’m not counting this indiscretion.

December will be filled with family and massive baking sessions. Dispersed within that, I will finish my three projects for submission. Thank you for all your support over the years. 🙂


8 responses

  1. I didn’t finish NaNoWriMo at all. My goal was to win this year, but partway in it dawned on me that I wasn’t going to succeed. Life just reared its head in ways unexpected though not all of it was negative. Actually, some of it was highly positive. This made me not too upset about being unable to finish, but I was also content since I’ve gotten more words done this year than in the previous attempts and that’s celebratory to me. Plus I’ll be continuing to work on this story.

    I’m glad to see that you managed to cross that finish line though! ^_^

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