Hello, November

It's been a while, huh? Almost an entire month since I last recorded my #WatchMeWrite videos and wrote "Selus and Verbena."

So, here we are at November, which is one of my favorite months even though it inevitably ends up being one of the busiest. When I was in college, November was when my professors realized there was little time left in the semester and scheduled the papers and exams. Video game marketers and publishers realized that there are almost two months until Christmas, so they released their pet projects, which I'd end up buying. Then there's travel for family-time, and the usual sleeping and eating, and November snaps by just like that. It's also my birthday.

But this year, things seem to be a little different. First, I'm a working person, which means I don't have to really worry about tests or papers (term papers, technically, I don't have to worry about those), and I get to write a lot more.

October ended up being a funny month. I furiously wrote my way through Burnt Chocolate, Fairy King, which you can binge-read in all its Season One glory. It absurd. I can't believe I wrote it. For Burnt Chocolate, I made a beautiful schedule and outline, which I followed for about a week. Then I spent three chapters writing something that was only supposed to take one (yeah, movie theaters) and spent the rest of the month shifting scenes around and playing catch-up.

Because of work, I ended up having to write the Halloween finale up until right before each entry was posted! The final scene went live on November 1st, and I wrote it at a friend's Halloween party. As everyone watched The Nightmare Before Christmas, I curled around my laptop in the corner typing furiously.

"How's it going?" my friends asked.

"The fairy king has found his eco-terrorist girlfriend," I told them, "and they've just blown up a building." Then I returned to banging away at my keyboard.

So, that was Halloween night. I finished, inwardly crying, because like a crazy person, I had agreed to do NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. In past years, I've done half-Nanos, where I wrote 25,000 thousand words over the course of November. Traditionally, Nanowrimo means writing a fast and furious 50,000 words during November.

As a lot of you know, that works out to be about half of one of my fantasy novels. Since I don't have school and thus a little more free time on my hands, I agreed with some Figment buddies to actually do Nanowrimo. I thought to use the group momentum to finish (or almost finish) The Hiwau and the Moon Consort. 

I knew that H+MC would end up being about the same length as P+FD, that is 100,000 (or about 400 pages), so at the end of October with 40K, I was almost halfway through. 50K over the course of November would leave me with the ending to write at the beginning of December, but almost done. Awesome, right?

This all sounded great in my head until Halloween night. When I realized I would be waking up to NaNoWrimo with no preparation whatsoever.

Okay, okay, that's not entirely true. Unlike other people writing a 50K project for Nanowrimo, I had already started mine. I knew the beginning, middle, and end, and I had introduced all my major characters before November started. But I didn't have a particularly detailed outline.

When I woke up November 1st, I was fatigued. I didn't really want to write. But I managed to outline the rest of H+MC and do 700 measly words before going to bed.

Nanowrimo recommends doing about 1700 words a day to make the deadline. I was off to a great start.

Most people seem to unleash thousands of pent-up words the first day of November.

Obviously I'm not one of those people. 

But by November third, I had caught up with the recommended schedule. Yesterday I wrote three thousand words, AKA all of Chapter Thirteen, where the hiwau sends two shamans on a mission to find Hakashi. 

Also in classic form, something I thought I'd spend one chapter on took two. So, my beautiful November 1st outline is already kind'a off. But I'll keep working from the scene lists... 

You can also find me on the Nanowrimo website, if you're participating. We can be "buddies." 

I'll report back when I get worn out from writing fiction...