I figured I should write a quick update post before November is too far gone to talk about my NaNoWriMo experience. Which was, in a word . . . FANTASTIC.
First let me mention that there is something incredibly invigorating about writing in community. I kind of unofficially "partnered" with another writer (Hi, Emily!), which was so motivating. We exchanged messages nearly every day, and her cheering and encouragement made me feel that A) I could actually DO this and B) I had to keep writing to keep up with her! As a result, I think we both wrote much more in the month of November than either of us expected to do.
It was also fun because she's another YA fantasy novelist, so we could talk about our projects with real interest as well. Our stories were very different, but each was something we find naturally compelling and like to read. (And I'm still hoping to someday have a copy of her novel Inheritance on my bookshelf!)
So that was really fun. I ended up "winning" NaNoWriMo by writing 50,000 words by about November 17th. I went ahead and wrote several thousand more, ending up with nearly 78,000 words of manuscript by the end--a complete draft of my novel, The Venatrix. (Which I've posted on Wattpad, so you can check it out if you like.)
I felt so inspired and empowered after this NaNo experience, I've decided to dive right into book 2 in my series. I'm actually hoping to start writing it today! Don't know if I'll actually draft the whole thing in December, but . . . maybe by mid-January? I've discovered that it's actually possible to write a lot more a lot faster than I ever thought possible.
Want to see the little mock-cover I whipped up for my book 2?