Just in case any of you were wondering, yes, I did complete 2009’s National Novel Writing Month. Hooray!
It was one of the most liberating, frustrating, and enjoyable things I have ever done. I wrote a novel–beginning to end–in one month, and it turned out rather well. Yes, I was surprised by that, too. I took an idea that I got from talking with a friend of mine, and from a tragedy that happened to someone I knew. It was not an auspicious start to a novel, but it turned into something fascinating, and slightly trippy, and wonderful–despite its mood whiplash.
Also, I tried out a creativity exercise that I had read in Writer’s Digest’s Creativity Workbook. It came out at the absolute perfect time for me. I love writing exercises, and I try to do several each week. This one involved writing down six “To Do” lists for one character, to better flesh out the character. He turned out to be one of my favorites.
The scary part now is editing. Lots of typos show up when I have been writing 3000-5000 words per day…