NaNoWriMo Reflection

Apologies for how late this post is. In all honesty, I’ve been feeling a touch lazy these past couple weeks, as is evidenced in the unfortunate word count of my novel-in-progress. I blame the holidays in part. The premature Christmas music at my place of work has driven me to the decision that Mariah Carey must be sacrificed for her abomination known as “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” and has set off the yearly anxiety and depression that afflicts most of my fellow Americans this time of year. However, my choices were my own. I made the decision to roll over and go back to sleep when my alarm went off instead of getting up to write. The blame for my dissatisfaction concerning the progress of Light of Morning lies solely on my own shoulders.

However, despite my low word count, I am not entirely displeased with this year’s novel. I did more planning than is my custom, writing a more comprehensive outline than I usually do for large projects such as a novel and starting the actual writing with both beginning and ending scenes, giving me a clear destination instead of allowing the plot to wander. As someone who is usually what we call a “discovery writer,” I enjoyed this technique more than I thought I would. In general, I am of the opinion that a very detailed outline takes the fun out of writing the actual story; you’ve already written the story, minus the parts that make the story readable. I still feel that way about detailed outlines, but there is nothing wrong with writing yourself a roadmap of important events or conclusions your characters need to come to in order to move the plot forward. I will probably only use outlines for larger projects like novels, though. With short stories I think I’ll keep to my mostly discovery writing process.

As for Light of Morning, I do not believe I will abandon it now that NaNoWriMo is over. I like Val Morningstar, and Sal the ifrit, and even the mildly irritating Nic Rossi is growing on me as he is growing on Val. I plan to finish the first draft by the end of February. I will also pick up the projects I had set down in order to focus on LoM, including my blog. Next week I return to my usual topics of writing, Satanism, and magic.

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