Wednesday, November 27, 2013

NaNoWriMo - Nailed it!!

50,048 words. I'm done. I completed my NaNoWriMo novel for 2013 on November 24th. It was a bit of rough adventure, but I'm done. :)

Yay!! I'm a winner!

I started with a completely different novel and became a NaNo Rebel, changing to a novel I started a few months back and have thrown to the side. It could have stayed shelved, but NaNoWriMo gave me a chance to finish "Somebody to Love". It's a YA Fantasy Romance. I really enjoyed how it turned out, but at the same time I'm glad it is only a first draft. There's something I love about first drafts; it makes them great. :)

The Best Parts of Writing the 1st Draft
1. It's okay if it kinda sucks!
Because trust me, it won't be perfect and that's completely okay. You can fix it during revisions!

2. You can have massive plot holes!
My main villain was introduced in ten pages and died in those ten pages. Yep, not the best climax of my novel and not the best character development for her, but that's okay! Did I mention she looks exactly like Morgana from the BBC's production of Merlin and her name is Morgana? Don't worry - I can change it during revisions!

3. You can reuse scenes from movies!
My main character, Elara, has an entire scene straight out of one of my favorite movies. You know that scene in "Raiders of the Lost Art" where Marion is tied up in the Nazi tent in the dessert, and that guy dresses her up with a nice dress and she steals his knife to escape. Yep, I used that scene. Except it was a slinkier dress (aka the nightgown the captain of the boat gives Marion later), a fork, and she actually escapes. Don't worry - I can change it during revisions!

4. You have written a new novel and it is complete!
There are always worries about finishing a draft, but when the 1st draft is done you can say you're written a new book! Even if no one can read it yet. Don't worry - you can change it during revisions!

To those of you who are still working on your NaNo novel, you can do it! There's still a few days left. Write like the wind and like a pack of wolves are on your tail!

Tune in for my next post... what do to during revisions and how to fix your first draft. :)


  1. That's so awesome! Congratulations, and you're so right, everything can be fixed later. :)

  2. Congratulations! I finished on Monday. You're so right; it's wonderful to have finished the first draft of a novel, but it's also wonderful to know that it's only a first draft! Mine needs a lot of work, but I can't wait to get started :)

  3. Good for you! Now it's time to enjoy some time off :)

  4. Congrats! I'm still 5k off and three days left.

    So yeah, I'm totally flaking by surfing the web instead. XD

  5. Congratulations! It's very satisfying to finish a book; it's like finishing a marathon, not that I would know, seeing as I how I only run to catch a bus or if there's candy nearby.

  6. Woohoo! Congrats! :)