I Didn’t Die, and I’m Trying NaNoWriMo Again

In the two years since I last posted anything to this blog, I have not been dead. All intact, vitals good.

The last post saw me mired in the morass of NaNoWriMo, struggling to push my story forward, lost without a compass, et cetera, et cetera.

The untold part of the story is that I bailed out on the event a few day later, ending at 25,001 words. At the time, I felt as if I’d fallen short of more than just the 50,000-word mark–I had really wanted to finish the story I was working on. But participating provided valuable insight into how I wrote at the time. I realized that I spent a lot of time shaping each sentence, pre-editing before the words ever got onto the page. That can make for good writing, but it also meant that I didn’t get much of it done at once.

I look back at what I wrote during my 2012 experience, and I see that I was trying write slowly (that is, with the same level of self-editing and literary flair), but also trying to do it quickly. The result was a story that was full of half-spun metaphors and similes, allusions to things that never materialized, and characters that were ultimately left stranded on a deserted island (literally).

I’ve decided to try NaNoWriMo again, but with a different approach. I still write slowly (that 50,000-word mark will still be a challenge), but I’m going to work with a different strategy. This year, I’m writing something that is looser and intentionally fun (I admit that I tend to write about more brooding topics on my own). I’m also trying my hand at Young Adult.  (As an aside, I’m gearing it towards 12-year-olds, and I can’t help but think that if they’re young adults, then adolescence has officially been eradicated.)

The first five days of November have already passed, and I am now at 10,000 words–about a day ahead of schedule.  So far, I haven’t compromised my editorial self too badly, but I have needed to push through sections that I would have otherwise preened a little more without a deadline.

As I did in 2012, I will be pasting daily excerpts here, with a glut of 5 excerpts to follow immediately for the days that have already passed.

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About jackfrey
Jack Frey lives somewhere in Northeast Asia with his wife and two young boys. He finds the letter K to be the most aesthetically pleasing of all the consonants, in both its upper and lowercase forms. Like many of us, he is currently seeking publication of his first novel.

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