NaNo-2015-Winner-Badge-Large-SquareI did it! Not only did I write over 50k in less than a month, but I also managed to complete what I set out to do!

I finished the first draft of my next novel faster than the previous one. The book, a YA paranormal story that I’m calling Misplaced, ended up being shorter than I anticipated, but still got over 55k in this draft.

For those of you who share my love for statistics:

I finished Misplaced in 28 days (as opposed to 60 days of writing, and 2.5 months between start and finish for Dead Under the Moon). It was completed in under 40 hours of actual writing (DUtM clocked almost 51 hours), averaging 1400 words per hour (where DUtM ended up having 950 wph average).

While I had amazing days (Day 1 and the 10k will not be forgotten for a long time), I also had really low points where I managed to write just a sentence before giving up. Still. I proved myself that with 2 hours a day, I can complete a novel within a month. And that gives me a lot of hope for the future of my writing.

Misplaced is the last competed novel in 2015. Now, I’m moving back to editing Blood in the Sky. Aiming to finish incorporating my beta’s critique by the end of the year. Depending on how that’s gonna go, I may or may not start another novel.

Things that helped me achieve my goal:

  • Nano. The atmosphere and the common goal, helped me get hyped up and it definitely helped me get through the low points
  • Really good outline. I would not be able to get through the low points, or the dreaded middle, without it. It was detailed enough to show me where I needed to go, but I kept things vague where I wanted to let my imagination carry me.
  • Getting to know the characters before I started to write. Having to start on November 1 meant I had some extra days once the outline was complete. I spent those days thinking about the characters and where I wanted to go with them. It allowed for some incredible things, where the characters surprised me and made the plot even better. Getting to know them also gave me some amazing ideas for the rest of the series.
  • Support from my friends and family. on and offline. I can’t even begin to emphasize how much people’s support and words of encouragement helped me.

Stay tuned for my plans for 2016. For now, I’m off to edit. World domination won’t happen on its own, after all! 😉