I won NaNoWriMo 2015
Big deal huh?
Does it mean anything at all? Did I accomplish anything? What did I do anyways?
What I actually did to win.
First, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It happens every November (and they’ve been doing it for some time now). It’s a challenge to writers and would-be writers to write a 50000 word novel during the month. Meet the 50000 word goal and you win. I did 50407 words in November according to the official count.
Here’s the really cool part.
I finished the book I started for Camp NaNoWriMo in July. It’s done. The End. And they lived happily ever after and all that good stuff. Well, maybe not quite (I can’t let you know how it ends, can I?).
Final word count on the novel is 112946 words. That is twice as long as I had planned it to be. The great part about that is I will be very comfortable “killing your darlings” as Stephen King puts it. What that means is anything that does not seem to really be working in the story will get cut out. I’ve got lots of room.
I’ve got the feeling there might be a few large sections that are going to be shortened to one sentence. That sentence will be something like “He died.” Yeah, it happened. Especially in fight scenes and the trick will be deciding what will be more interesting to read.
I am still in love with the world. I am still in love with the characters. I almost cried towards the end (alright, I did but don’t tell anyone). This was meant to be the first of a series and I am ready to write more books (and I have basic plots for several as well as the whole series already done.) It’s going to be fun!
The current title is Into The Fire Gate. That may change yet.
There is an issue that popped up while writing this book.
I had planned to do a prequel to the book as a give away to subscribers. Seeing how this story ended going longer than I expected, I am concerned that prequel may be too ambitious for one book. There may simply be too much ground to cover in one book. I am concerned that covering the whole thing in one book may make it too long. On the other hand, making it shorter may make it disjointed as it skips forward in time as I was planning.
This is something I’m going to have to simply discover as I write the prequel. It’s the only way I’ll find out if it’s going to be one book or more. I’m still hoping for one book.
Starting this next week, I will begin the first rewrite of Into The Fire Gate. I am sure that it will need at least one and maybe two rewrites before I have anyone else read it for the first time. Sentences need to be written better. Spelling needs to be fixed. I have a bunch of notes that tell me to make sure something was said or happened earlier in the book or something else won’t seem right.
Rewrites and then alpha readers. Those unlucky souls that are too kind to refuse reading something that might not be fully ready to be read. Then more rewrites based on their experience. Then I’ll need to have an editor go through it. That means hire an editor (if you know one, please let me know – I’m looking). When the editing is done, it’ll be ready to publish (when I have the second book ready).
I’ll also start on that prequel. I’ve left a few hints in this book to events that happen in the prequel. Events that will affect further books in the series and also provide a bit of the background for the current story. I’m really excited to see for myself events that impacted characters in this book deeply.
Before the first book is published, the prequel needs to be finished also. The goal is to have the prequel ready to give out to those read the first book and want to read more.
Winning NaNoWriMo in 2015 proves to me that I can write a book in two months (the majority of this book was written in July and November). That I am capable of much more writing productivity that I would have thought. Next year should be really interesting.