Oh, what a month! I managed 24,041 words for my first NaNoWriMo, bringing my manuscript for Powerful Minds to just under 50,000 words and closer towards achieving my goals. I hope that anyone else who participated feels the same way.
While I didn’t even get halfway, 24,041 words in a month is still a great achievement. I hadn’t even come close to writing that amount of words in the previous five months I’d spent on my novel. I suppose that each writing quota, whether it’s 500 or 2,000 words in a day, is different for everyone. It all depends on things like spare time and how people write. What matters is that you use your time wisely, because you always think you have more.
That said, I decided to get some rest over the weekend from writing so I can push myself further in December, which will be a hard month with Christmas coming up. Me and my family put the Christmas tree up on Saturday, and I’ve been sat of my bed with cup of tea after cup of tea reading A Game Of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. What a great read so far! I’ve got through roughly 150 pages today, so I reckon I’ll be finishing A Dance With Dragons and waiting for The Winds of Winter in no time!
His use of multiple perspectives is a great means as to explore the consequences of his character’s decisions, and thus the characters themselves. It encouraged me to write from the perspective of the bully in my book, and I found such a core in him that I could actually sympathise with for a moment. He is a neglected and somewhat abused child who never healed or could comprehend his neglect, and has gone on to abuse others, because that is the way he sees the world: the powerful deserve the spotlight, and weaklings deserve neglect. I can’t wait to see how he develops later on in the book!
If anyone who participated in NaNoWriMo is reading this, then I hope that November has been a productive month for you. Best of luck with all of your projects!