November’s End

December has started.  NaNoWriMo ended in quiet solitude after I went to a work holiday party.  I didn’t make 50,000 words like I wanted but I learned a lot along the way.  And in the spirit of self-reflection and hopefully helping others with similar problems here is a list of a few of those things:

1. The end of November is very busy for me.  I have my anniversary on the 21st and my wife’s birthday a few days after that.  Oh and there’s that Thanksgiving thing followed by Black Friday.  None of this is conducive to writing.  I was almost keeping up with the necessary word counts but the rapid succession of events killed me.  I need to start stronger because I know I won’t finish that way.

2. Outlines save lives.  Or kill people if that’s your story.  I put together an outline for my story a long time ago and only recently actually updated it to follow the story as it was turning out.  Since I wasn’t caring about where chapters ended or started, I was able to follow my outline better.  Kinda crazy how that worked out.

3. Pushing for words does wonders for advancing the story.  I needed to write.  I was struggling with where things should go but I realized that I just needed to start writing and hope that the inspiration would come.  It did.  Is it pretty and flowing and all that good writing should be?  No.  But it IS written and can be revised.

In all I wrote 41,690 words on two books I’m working on.  The bulk of that was on The Oak Wand where I started with around 43,000 words and ended with just over 79,000 words.  I’m so close to being done I believe it will actually happen.  It still needs a ton of revision and cleaning up but that is the easy part – for me.  Next year I hope to have a new story to start not one I’ve been plugging at for 3 years.  I hope that will help me meet the 50,000 word mark.  But considering what I’ve accomplished, I still feel like a winner.

This is the Novel Mage saying, *POOF*


About markminson

Mark Minson lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He enjoys playing games with his wife and five kids. He loves to sing and can often be found whistling as he walks. An avid shoe-wearer, you might run into him strolling down memory lane -- either his or somebody else’s. He brings humor to life through his many accents and movie quotes. He found his magic long ago, in a high school far, far away and now happily shares it with you. May you find your magic and share it with others.
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