Well it’s over. NaNoWriMo came and went, and thus the beginning (well, nearly half) of my novel In The Shadow of Legends was born. It’s been a good run, and I don’t plan on stopping here. Let’s take a look at the month as NaNo saw it.
Ah yes. That’s a good looking bar graph, if I do say so myself. I topped out at just over 90,000 words, and I’m pretty happy with that. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I wanted to break 100,000. I’ve done it before, but this year it just wasn’t meant to be. Despite the idea behind NaNoWriMo, it’s taught me to slow down a bit when I’m writing. The prose that comes out when I’m concentrating is a lot better than the stuff that comes out when I’m racing, like in my first draft of The Last Scion. That monster was a 150,000 word book written in 34 days, and I definitely saw the results of that after I went back to edit it for the first time. My goal for In the Shadow of Legends is to take a bit more time, write a bit slower, and make a better first draft that won’t make me wail in despair (and run out of red ink) when I go back to edit it.
November held a lot of interesting things in it other than NaNoWrimo. In looking at the way my writing statistics shaped out, I noticed a couple of anomalies in the slope of the curve. If I kept a consistent writing pace and followed the minimum word requirement to finish on time, I should have seen an equation that looked something like x = 1667y, where x is the total word count and y is the number of days. Instead, at the beginning we had a more x=700y curve, but shortly thereafter followed by an exponential increase, something to the effect of x=500y2. After performing a detailed analysis, I came up with the following (click the picture if you can’t read the notes).
See? There is nothing that can be solved by simple scientific observation. I think everyone can benefit from this sort of analysis.
Anyway, the novel isn’t done, and therefore neither am I. This, right now, is shaping up to be about a 200,000 word novel (around the size of a Twilight book, or one of the latter Harry Potters). I’ll post a bit more about my experiences writing this book, and compare them with the experience of writing my last few, another time. For now, I think it’s time for a well-earned rest. Oh, and work. Have to go and do that, too.