October IWSG Day Question: Win or not, do you usually finish your NaNo project? Have any of them gone on to be published?
I’d like to say yes. I finished them all. I’ve had all my work published even without submitting it. The problem is, I don’t want to lie. All I want to do is be supportive of the NaNo17 participants.
Please, Accept my good wishes because that’s where my heart is.
But the truth is, no. I finished all my first drafts. I didn’t bother polishing or submitting. None of them ever were published.
The closest story to submission was called “Rags to Bitches”. I can’t tell you how much time I spent trying to bring it to life. I even took a writing course on revision hoping that would help me cut away what didn’t work and build up what did.
Nothing worked and I can’t explain it.
So I may have won, but my stories didn’t.
Rags to Bitches lives in a drawer.
Winning NaNo taught me some important lessons:
- Plan out what the story was about
- Each chapter should have a prompt
- Write everyday
What NaNo didn’t let me do was stop when I needed to and let my subconscious work on new ideas. Sometimes letting things rest can lead to twists, back flips, and crazy new directions. I love that. But that means quitting before I reach my word count.
I hate to say this, but I think I’ve outgrown NaNo.
I’m working on a sci-fi mystery called Symbiotic Slip and I’m having so much fun. I’m being brave and going where I’ve never gone before. Every day is full of surprise and joy.
Who knew I’d ever get here.
What about you? Any NaNo stories you’d like to share.