NaNoWriMo 2017: A Review

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Hey guys, I know I haven’t posted much since my October book reviews. This is because I was busy participating in NaNoWriMo last month. Most of my free time was devoted to hitting the word counts. I actually went into a book slump last month, because I just didn’t have the energy to invest in any books. A lot of what I tried to read felt dry, and I didn’t have the patience to push through.

The good news though is that I achieved my NaNoWriMo goals. I had 2:

  1. Write at least 50,000 words
  2. Reach the midpoint of my story by this point

Since I’m writing an upper MG fantasy, I think 100,000 words is a good target to aim for, at least at the beginning. As you can see on the image, I went a little over and wrote 54,000+ words, but I still ended up at the midpoint, so I’m very happy.

So what’s the next step? I will be finishing off the 2nd draft of my story some time next month, working on the scene-by-scene outline this month. I already know that some things have to change, but I don’t think the changes would be drastic as they were during my 1st draft. And I think that it’s important to have some actual writing (instead of outline) on hand as material for future references. Don’t get me wrong, I love outlining, and I think it’s the most efficient way to find big problems before you spend your time drafting, but at some point you have to start writing. And some problems can only appear to you once you’ve actually written a more detailed account of the story.

There’s also something I plan to do this December that I’m pretty excited about. I’m coming to the end of my Master’s program, and I think it’s a good time to sign up for an online art course. I’ve posted several of my artworks before, so you guys all know what they look like, and I’ve come to the realization that since I began my self-taught foray into the world of art around 7 years ago, I haven’t really improved all that much. Most of my improvement was in efficiency: something that would take me a month to do when I was 18 now only takes me a week or so. But is the quality of the art any better? Hmm… not really. So I think it’s time to seek a more structured way of learning. I have been feeling very dissatisfied with my works lately, except I don’t know how I can improve them. What I need is the ability to identify what makes art good and how I can systematically get there.

Well, there’s my November overview. It was very tiring but also very productive. Here’s to hoping the final month of the year would be fruitful as well.

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