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Finishing Our Novels

Some of you folks are very lucky and managed to complete your novel with at least 50, 000 words in the month of November. Others either didn’t win at all, or like me, did win and didn’t finish their novel anyway. To tell you the truth, the mammoth size of this year’s Nanovel scares me. I’ve written up to 300, 000 words before, but that was made up of several different novels. For those of you with similarly terrifying novels, it’s a good idea to try to keep some of the momentum going from Nanowrimo and to try to finish your novel in December.

That said, do allow yourself to take a one day break to celebrate everything you’ve accomplished and pat yourself on the back. If you’ve fallen seriously behind on homework or some other important project, then you might want to take a couple of days to get caught up on those things.

While we’re hoping to finish our novels in the month of December, there’s no need to continue at the same breakneck pace of November. You can spend about half the time–or two thirds of the time, depending on how quickly you want to work–writing in December that you spent writing in November and probably finish your novel. For most of us, 30, 000 words is probably a good amount to finish our novels in.

So this December, why not finish your novel with me? I’m really hoping that 30, 000 words will be more than enough to get me to the end of my story, so that’s my set goal for this month. You can join me in the walk towards 30, 000 words–that’s a little more than 1, 000 words every day if you start today–or a finished novel, and if your novel finishes before the 30, 000 words mark, lucky you.

Will you be finishing your novel this December? What’s your projected finishing word count?

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The End of the Dear Diary Project

Today, September thirtieth, marks the end of this month and with it the end of this year’s Dear Diary Project. Hopefully today you’ll be able to give your Dear Diary Project an ending that will tie it up nicely. If not, don’t worry too much about it–after all, it’s not like your character’s life is ending, so why should their diary? If you have the time, you can even keep going with your Dear Diary Project. I won’t stop you, but I will tell you that now is probably a good time to move on to a new project, and unless you have the time to do both, I’d suggest ending your Dear Diary Project now.

What should you do once you’ve finished your Dear Diary Project? First, give yourself a pat on the back for finishing it. Then join me on Wednesday to talk about how to make the most out of your Dear Diary Project. Start something new–a short story, planning for a new novel, a new blog, whatever strikes your fancy. And don’t forget that it’s October now, and Nanowrimo is right around the corner.

Me, I have to work on Moonshadow’s legal code, but I hope to get a little bit more editing done before November starts. And I’ll be pulling out a binder with notes for a story idea I had last year but which I never ended up writing, blowing the dust off of it, and making sure it’s ready to be my Nanovel.

There are going to be some big changes around here, which I’ll talk more about on Monday, but right now what I can promise you for the next month is information on making the most out of your Dear Diary Project, how to prepare for Nanowrimo, and a couple of writing exercises I hope you’ll find useful. In the meantime, there are a couple questions I’d like to ask you:

What did you like about the Dear Diary Project? What do you think would make it better for next year?