Did you make it? Did you win Nanowrimo? If you set out to do it, I hope you hit your goal. If not, keep going, and get it done in the next couple weeks. This is my fifth year doing Nanowrimo, and my fourth win, though on the year I didn’t win I hit 50K by the 10th of December. So if you didn’t make it, keep going, and get it done, you have a year (or more) to rework it.
Every year is a unique experience, and the outcome is different every time. This time I had the unique experience of hitting a point where I realized the climax of my story (which I didn’t get to before hitting 50k) is all wrong. I stink at climaxes the first time around. I’ve never written a book I didn’t have to completely redo the climax. The difference is that this time around, I realized it. So what happened to my story? Well, it kind of plateaus around the 50k mark and then fizzles for a few thousand words after that.
Obviously, I’m going to have to find out what the real climax needs to be. Everyone tells me I need to come up the resolution (including the climax) before starting the story–to know ahead of time what you’re headed toward, so the whole story can work toward that point. I’ve always done that, but for me, it’s never panned out correctly. So what am I going to do? Simple. Rethink the direction of the story, assign a new better climax/resolution, and revise the entire work with the new focus in mind.
Yeah, it’s a lot of work. But I’ve had to put a lot of work into every book, and they usually get rewritten so many times that it almost doesn’t matter what I write the first time around. I haven’t found a way to get my climax right the first draft. Maybe I’ll try writing the climax first next time… we’ll see.
Either way, I’m excited to have another book to shape. I’m sloooowwwwllly learning to love revision. Very slowly.
I’m also excited to have some writing momentum back. I always have to keep writing the first half of December (though at a much tamer daily word count), and even if the momentum doesn’t stick, I’m going to enjoy the next couple weeks of writing anyway.
So what was this year’s unique experience for you? Get any insight you could share with the rest of us?