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Don Quixote

The Three-Month Novel

Earlier this year, I posted about my attempt to complete a YA manuscript. My aim was to write 500 words a day for three months, and I ended the post 'If I never speak of this project again, you may draw your own conclusions.'. So, how did I do?

I wrote 15332 words in March, 12599 in April and 12075 in May (moving house put a slight dent in my wordcount). The story wasn't yet complete and by this point I had other writing projects to think about, so I waived the 500-word-a-day rule and bashed on when I could, adding the final full stop on the 2nd of August.

Now I have a 48,000 word story with a beginning and end, and a saggy middle (actual technical term) that needs some work. There will be editing, there will be pleas for help and opinions from friends (looking at you, dakegra), there will be more editing, and hopefully after that there will be submissions. There are also several competitions currently open for children's novels, and I would like to submit to at least one of these - can't do any harm, right?

500 words a day would be nothing to some writers, but as someone who finds it hard to write a paragraph without going back and fiddling with the previous one, I found it challenging. It was a challenge I enjoyed, though, and it got me putting words on screen at a much higher rate than usual. I'm now wondering whether attempting NaNoWriMo this year (tried once, in 2004, and won) would be a good thing or drive me bonkers, and whether I'd have anything useful at the end of it...


Good for you!
I've probably said this to you before but I haven't the faintest idea where one gets plots from. Otherwise I'm sure I'd be an excellent writer... :/
I've learned that writers are divided into two camps, those who plot and those who write by the seat of their pants ('plotters' and 'pantsers'), and I'm firmly in the latter!

And but you do comics! They must have plots!
Plots are delivered to writers courtesy of plot bunnies, or such is my understanding. It's a specialist occupation, but highly rewarding.
...and highly amusing, as it involve much bouncing through fantasies, dreams (though the nightmares sometimes aren't quite such fun), and all manner of distractions (like waking folk up in the wee small hours, and so on)...