Do you feel like this by the end of NaNoWriMo?

Fortunately, I didn’t.

But I did get this for my efforts this month:

Woohoo. I’m one for one in National Novel Writing Month success. 50,000 words in thirty days. (“Twenty-nine, actually,” he boasted.)

The only problem–I’m nowhere near done with the complete story. Most novels are closer to 100,000 pages, give or take a few ten thousands. But I’ll keep churning along in December to complete the story.

My secret? (I hear you clamor). I spent the entire month of October plotting out characters, scenes, settings, all the nuts and bolts that make a bunch of words come together as a coherent and entertaining story. I never got writer’s block because I always knew where I was heading with the plot and the characters. Whenever I got stuck on a scene, I’d just start working on another one that I had some good ideas for bubbling just under the surface of my consciousness.

I don’t know that I’ll necessarily join the NaNoWriMo crowd next November, but from now on I will always plot my stories before I type even one word. I’m now an official plotter (as opposed to a pantser).

Did you participate in NaNoWriMo this year? How did it go? What worked and didn’t work for you? Is the story that came out of this month’s event going to be a blockbuster for you, or a literary masterpiece?

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