When NaNo Eats your Blog Schedule: NaNoWriMo Recap

by | 1 December 2018 | Life, Writing | 12 comments

Sometimes NaNoWriMo eats your blog schedule, hat, coat, feathers, and all. I had good intentions to hit 50k on Friday, then write this blog post right afterward. I did hit the 50k, but then I forgot all about the blog post part until almost ten at night. It just one of those things.

 

Seriously, November has been a whirlwind. Between editing, a homeschool conference, events, and a million other projects and happenings, I feel like I’ve barely had a day off for quite a long time.

Now it’s over and I’m honestly not sure if it feels like a really short month or a really long month. I’m living in a paradox. ๐Ÿ˜›

 

 

Despite the busyness, NaNoWriMo was still a thing and it was a wild ride. My typical NaNo experience in the last two years is that I sit down and pound out words like crazy, hit 50k on day ten, then keep on writing until I finish my novel in approximately another ten days. The first draft is a messy pile of typos and mistakes.

This year was completely different.

 

I spent most of October doing edits and revisions on the fourth draft of another novel, then scraped up a rough plot of Rogue Agent in the final few days of the month. I stayed up until midnight on the 31st so I could start writing as soon as the clock ticked over to November.

Then in the first fifteen minute word war, I found myself writing in a completely different mode to normal. Instead of pounding out words in a messy pile of rubbish, I was writing at about half my normal speed, and the quality was coming out at a third draft level, at least.

At first I didn’t think it would last, but here I am at the end of the month and I can confirm that it did last. I wrote much slower this month, but it was about the quality, not the quantity. I’m actually still amazed at how well this first draft is turning out.

 

All The Stats

The graph tells the story of my month nice and visually. The first two days were great, then I got busier, then fired on! Then dropped back…then struggled back to catch up again! And fell behind yet again. ๐Ÿ˜…

I spent half of the month not sure if I was going to win NaNo, even up until the day before yesterday I wasn’t totally sure. And that was okay. Not hitting 50k isn’t the end of the world. I’m so thankful that I was able to trust that God had the whole month in his hands and just rest in his goodness.

Yesterday, I did hit 50k and officially won NaNo. I haven’t finished the novel yet, but the climax is creeping up onto me and will be pouncing anytime.

 

Highest Word Count Day:ย 4,715 (1st)
Chapters Completed: 25
Chapters Remaining: 5
Seriously Wounded Characters: 2
Hand-to-Hand Fight Scenes: 3 (+ several more which don’tย quite classify as hand to hand combat)
Movie and Music References: a lot. ๐Ÿ˜›

 

Favourites

I’m enjoying this book SO MUCH. I love the characters, I love the style, the theme, the plot, the setting. It’s all just so much fun, so picking a favourite part is hard.

I also haven’t finished it yet, and I’m expecting the climax to be a wild ride and hopefully a highlight too. But here are some things I’ve especially enjoyed about Rogue Agent.

 

  • a certain side character called McNoodles who is such a quirky, weird dude. He’s just so fun to write
  • all the mystery elements to the plot. I’ve always loved me a touch of Sherlock Holmes
  • the action scenes. I’m one of the writers who actually LOVES writing the action scenes; guyyys, they’re just so much fun
  • the character relationships. ๐Ÿ’• I just love my boys so much.

 

I’m not going to give away too much about the story, but I couldn’t help but share some of my favourite snippets. ๐Ÿ˜›

– – –

I crossed the road and directed my path toward the nearest train station. โ€œOkay. You said you knew where Will was?โ€

โ€œSure do, kiddo.โ€ McNoodles clicked his tongue. โ€œSecond to the left, then straight on โ€˜til morning.โ€

โ€œI want an actual address, not a peter pan reference.โ€ I slowed my pace slightly to blend in with all the other pedestrians on the footpaths. โ€œCome on, please.โ€

– – –

โ€œSounds good.โ€ The hotel owner glanced back at me, then returned his gaze to Will. โ€œWell.โ€ Rob clapped his hands together. โ€œIโ€™ll leave you two to some father-son time.โ€ He turned and headed back down the hallway.

I stared at the doorway past Willโ€™s back. Wait what?

Will slowly swivelled and looked at me, forehead furrowed. He opened and closed his mouth for a moment, then pointed back over his shoulder. โ€œDid he justโ€ฆ?โ€

I gestured between us. โ€œI think heโ€ฆโ€

โ€œHe just said that, didnโ€™t he.โ€ Will stared at me for another second, then turned away and dragged a hand over his face. โ€œI was going for a brother thing, but,โ€ he stopped, puffed out a breath, and rubbed his face again. โ€œWow.โ€

– – –

ย โ€œDude,โ€ McNoodles whistled. โ€œYou totally avada kedavra-ed those guys.โ€

– – –

 

What’s Next

Next, I’m going to finish this novel! I’ll hopefully dust it off in the next week, then be able to take the rest of the month off toย breathe. Or to be overwhelmed by all the other Christmas-y things happening. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Then before we know it, it’ll be 2019 and on to a new year of bookishness and adventures!

 

 

Let’s chat! Can you believe how close to the end of the year we are?? ๐Ÿ˜ฑ How was your November?

Jane Maree

Jane Maree

Jane Maree is an Adventurerโ€”exploring the endless wonders of Godโ€™s beautiful creation. She started writing by accident, but since the very beginning has loved the enchantment of words on paper. If you say anything about pizza, superheroes, books, or any of her many, many fandoms, sheโ€™ll come at the double. Aside from crafting worlds using only twenty-six letters, she is a passionate Jesus-lover, freelance editor, self-trained martial artist, songwriter, and musician. In her spare time, she's often off on random adventures in the name of story research. She seeks to inspire her readers to step out and become the heroes of hope this world needs.

12 Comments

  1. J.A.Penrose

    MCNOODLES! *pats him* Cool dude. *nodnod*

    Yes to all of those snippets. All were so good. *flails over the epicness of RA*

    Look after those precious characters.

    Reply
    • Jane Maree

      I had no idea how much I’d love McNoodles before I started this. He’s totally rocking the show. ๐Ÿ˜›

      It was so hard to pick only a few lines when there’s so many.

      Thank you for being an amazing first-draft reader! ๐Ÿ’•

      Reply
  2. GJE

    I can’t wait to read thiiiiiiiissss!!!!!!!! You a mystery to me, bean, but in a good way. You write SO MUCH. SO. FAST. and STILL manage to write AMAZING stuff!!!!
    It’s crazy!
    McNoodles is such an adorable name, btw.

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    • Jane Maree

      Aw, thank you so much! Haha, it all comes from writing so much NOT amazing stuff. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Isn’t it just? ๐Ÿ˜›

      Reply
      • GJE

        You’re welcome!!! I agree.

        Reply
  3. Quinley

    NaNo, can be very overwhelming but it is worth it. Also I love Mcnoodles’s Peter Pan reference. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    -Quinley

    Reply
    • Jane Maree

      I agree 100%! It always pays off, no matter how many words you end up writing.

      Referencing books and movies in my books is one of my favourite things, honestly. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  4. Steward

    I LOVE MCNOODLES! And that second snippet is definitely my favorite of all yours so far. xD

    This book sounds so awesome! Undercover agent/detective stories are my second favorite after fantasy. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Reply
    • Jane Maree

      He’s SO MUCH FUN to write. Yesss, that is definitely one of my favourite scenes. ๐Ÿ˜‚

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜Š Same here!

      Reply
  5. MiddleEarthMusician

    FIRST OFF: MCNOODLES. THAT NAME IS AMAZING!!! I LOVE IT!!! XD
    Congrats on winning Nano!!! Your word counts are insane!!! Way to go!!! *stops and looks at your seriously wounded section* WAIT, WHAT??? Jane, who’s wounded??? :-Z XD
    YOUR SNIPPETS ARE AMAZING. I love that second one. XD Will and Ben are already awesome, and I only have read a couple of things about them. XD
    YES FOR 2019!!! I can’t wait for the start of a new year. XD
    Absolutely loving your story so far!!! <333

    Reply

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