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Good Progress and Nice Surprises

Step away from the keyboard and keep your hands in the air!

Phew! November is done, NaNoWrimo is done (50157 words, yeah!), and I've done some none-writing for the past couple of days. I managed to finish on the 29th, so yesterday had a total of 0 words written and 1 afternoon nap on the laurels.

NaNo has been great for showing me what productivity can be like. I write a lot, usually, but nothing like this month. I'll continue with the novel in the coming days and weeks, but I won't be counting words and setting daily goals again. Instead I'm going to focus on writing what I can do without stretching myself way beyond my limits -- but that ought to be pretty productive anyway. The novel will be done when it's done, but seeing as I'm already half-way through, 'when' should be 'sometime soon'. We'll see.


I haven't sold a short story for quite some time now, which is probably because I'm submitting them to professional and competitive markets. It's also a sign that I've made the conscious switch to writing novels, and so have fewer short works for sale. I try to think of both as a buildup to the next big sale ;-)

However, when Darwin's Evolutions recently sent out a sales statement to its writers, I was pleasantly surprised to see that 'Big T' still sells on Amazon. It's a far cry from best-selling (a few copies per month). Still, it gives me a feeling of accomplishment that people I don't even know are buying the story. Even better, the story was published in the great company of Maria Schneider's (bearmountain) excellent Year of the Mountain Lion and Brian Dolton's (tchernabyelo) The Last Arrow of Liang Xi, who both receive excellent reader reviews.

What victories - writing-related or otherwise - do you have to share?


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 1st, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! That's a great effort. Have fun revising the words...in due course.
Dec. 1st, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks Vaughan! There's a good deal to revise, but even after getting a bit tired with the novel this month, I believe there's a story among all those words.
Dec. 1st, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
It really does feel amazing to have the month done--win, no win, it's still a relief :).

Congratulations on your win! I'm so glad, and I think that's what nano is supposed to do, give us a feeling of empowerment, as corny as that sounds.
Dec. 1st, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
Well done :)
Dec. 5th, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And pardon the late response. I really did step away from the keyboard for a while :-)
Dec. 2nd, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)

That is amazing! Woohoo, NaNo!
Dec. 5th, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
Thankie! Those blinkies have some cheer in it :-)
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Dec. 5th, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
Sending the stories out is a vital part of the victory proces, so pat yourself on the back for that.
And thanks for the congrats. NaNoWriMo obviously works for getting words down on paper, but after this month I just feel BEAT. (Hence the late reply). It's not a pace I could keep up for more than one month, that's for sure.
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