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NaNo Diaries // I Won!! What’s Next?

Hey everyone!

SOOOO….. I won NaNoWriMo??! Yes it’s official. On Tuesday November 25, I crossed the 50K mark. Aaaaand now it’s time for me to wobble wobble faint and wake up next year hahaha.

For those of you who have been following my progress over the past weeks, it hasn’t been easy. This was probably the most difficult NaNoWriMo I ever had to do, first and foremost because of long hours at work, and also because I am writing in a genre (YA fantasy) that I’m not accustomed to. Soooo it’s kind of miraculous that I did it. I am incredibly proud because I was able to prove to myself that I could do something as long as I put my mind to it.

ON THE OTHER HAND. I will think twice before I subject myself to the same torture again. (As in, I would love to do NaNoWriMo again in the future, buuuuuut next time if I anticipate the same sort of chaos at work, then I will either decide to not participate or just set a smaller word count target.)

Did I mention that I love the NaNoWriMo theme graphic for this year?!

What’s up next?

Finish the novel

Although I reached the NaNoWriMo word count goal of 50K, my novel is still only half-finished (because I project this to be a 100K story.) I plan to keep writing, albeit at a slower pace, throughout December and January. My goal is to finish the novel by the end of January 2020.

Beta-readers and revisions

First drafts are always rough, so I want to get this looked at by beta-readers and go through several rounds of revisions. I haven’t decided how extensively I want to revise before I send Fog out to beta-readers.

Revising previous novels

I have several novels stacked up in my “back drawer” (which is really somewhere on the cloud) that still haven’t been beta-read or revised (namely Shapeshifter and Never Forget.) I do want to eventually go back to them though I am not sure which I want to do first.

Read more

Looking back on my reading progress this year… it is pretty abysmal. Part of this is because I had a lot of commitments this year such as my wedding, but also I committed a lot of time to writing. They say that to be great writers, we also need to read a lot, so I really want to get back to reading. Tonight I’ve decided to cut short my writing time (now that I’ve fulfilled my word count goal) so that I will have time to curl up with a great book!

I dunno……. maybe query?

I know other writers who are querying and I watched some Youtube videos and read some articles on the topic and… querying is a whole other beast. I’m not sure if I’m up for it but maybe next year? I don’t know?

BUT FIRST, SLEEP

Because that is important.

About My NaNo Project, “Fog”

No one knows where the Fog comes from. All they know is that those who enter the Fog never return.

Luna and her twin sister Treya live in a town on the coast of Suni. Luna is the quiet one, while Treya is charismatic, powerful and the pride of the Delphinus Clan. Treya has already decided to be a Sorcerer and join the Queen’s Army, just like their mother and father. But Luna doesn’t know what she wants to be; also, joining the Queen’s Army seems like a lot of work.

On the day of their graduation. Luna rescues a boy from the edge of the Fog. His name is Caio Amadeus Vladimir and he looks nothing like anyone in the country. Caio wants to go into the Fog and map out the lost regions of Suni, and he asks Luna to be his bodyguard. Luna thinks he is delusional.

Until Treya disappears on a misty day. Luna will do anything to bring her back.

My NaNoWriMo Progress: 52093 words / 50000 words

A Snippet from “Fog”

It has been ten years since he had received the telegraph. In the beginning he had told stories to himself: perhaps his father was simply missing, and perhaps they had identified the wrong body. It was when they shipped home his father’s things- his notebooks, his maps, his clothing, his odd collection of gadgets- when it became an undeniable truth that his father would never come back. His mother was never the same ever since. Caio kept wishing that his dad was still alive. But the years passed, there were no letters from his father in the mailbox. And he stopped checking.

If Caio were a bit younger, if he were a bit more naive, if this happened at a time when he was still going to the front gates every morning to check his mailbox, maybe he would believe this illusion.

“I don’t think you’re my father,” Caio says. “He died a long time ago.”

Photo by Guillaume Briard on Unsplash

32 thoughts on “NaNo Diaries // I Won!! What’s Next?

  1. Wow, congratulations on completing NaNoWriMo!!! That’s such an amazing achievement, especially while working. I can’t write creatively so I really admire people who can. Your premise sounds so intriguing and imaginative too…
    📕MP📖 X

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  2. Omg that’s such a huge deal! Congrats on winning NaNo! I’ve been following your journey and it’s amazing to see you succeed. I hope I’ll get to read your book someday, it does sound amazing.

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    1. Thank you!! So glad that you like the sound of my novel so far 🙂 When I finish this draft, I’ll be putting out a call for beta-readers early next year, so remember to check back here if you are interested! 🙂

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      1. Writing is going good!! I’m enjoying working on my expanded WIP through all the snippets I’m experimenting with! The best part is that these snippets are exactly my vision and what I want the final story to emulate. The hard part later is just going to be expanding upon them all and then connecting them but that’s the fun of writing 😀 Writers create whole worlds out of nothing ❤

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      2. Definitely 🙂 As writers we create something out of nothing, which is the exciting (but also difficult) part! That’s great that you’re having a good experience writing snippets and then connecting them. We don’t have to write scenes in order, and sometimes writing the scenes that feel most inspiring at the moment works best 🙂

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  3. First of all, CongratZ! A job well done.
    That’s why I haven’t done NaNo this year and probably won’t do it next year, either – my previously written but unfinished book. I thought writing would be the worst. I was wrong. Editing it, finding betas, receiving feedback, quering… all of that is WAY worse. But I trust that there will be the right time and place for everything.
    And I bet you will do just fine if you only put your mind to it. You seem to be good at achieving goals you set for yourself.
    As far as reading is concerned – I was pretty good in the first 3 quarters of the year. The last couple of months have been terrible, though. I blame it on an experiment with an audiobook that just made everything else explode.

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    1. Thank you Goldie!!
      I agree, first drafts are hard, but they are also fun because the novel belongs to us and it’s about getting the story in our head on paper. Getting feedback and editing definitely have a set of their own challenges haha. I haven’t queried yet BUT it sounds very challenging haha :’)
      As for reading, I agree that the format of the book matters! I’ve been reading exclusively ebooks and audiobooks in the past year or so and only recently started reading print books again. I actually really miss holding a physical book in my hands haha. I might want to go back to this in the future 🙂 How was your audiobook experience?

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      1. My audiobook experience was terrible. The main thing was that I would get distracted very easily, so I only listened in the car on my way to/from work really. I’d quickly forget what the last chapter was about. I prefer to be able to touch and sometimes even go back a couple of pages to check something. And to see how many more pages are left in the chapter/book. Have you enjoyed yours?

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      2. Yes I have similar thoughts about audiobooks. I definitely get distracted (especially during scenes that are not exciting) and before I know it, I’ve missed half of the scene lol. And I do get what you mean in that it’s hard to go back and reread a part. There are some audiobooks that I enjoyed, for example the Illuminae and Six of Crows series which had a full cast 🙂

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  4. Congratulations on completing NaNoWriMo Sophie, that’s amazing!! You did so well especially as you were trying a new genre which can be very daunting and with things getting busy at work!! So big congrats ❤
    I bet it feels nice now, like you can relax a bit and breathe!!
    It is weird when you have more than one project on the go as you never know which one to focus on 😂
    I struggle to find the balance between reading and writing as well. I usually prioritise one at certain times!!
    It is exciting that you might look to query next year. It certainly seems scary and I don’t think I know anything about it!!
    Ahh.. The snippet!!! The emotions 😍

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    1. Thank you Sophie! Your sweet comments always mean a lot to me!! I am feeling much more relaxed now that I’ve met the 50K goal, however I am hoping to see if I can get to 60K by the end of the month (which is in 2 days haha!)
      Yes reading and writing is definitely a balance 🙂
      Querying is a bit scary but I guess I should do it eventually if I want to publish haha. I might just do a bit at a time and I definitely want to alternate between querying and writing/editing since I’ve heard that getting rejections is devastating haha.
      Glad that you like the snippet 🙂

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      1. Aww.. I’m so glad!! I have really loved seeing your journey through NaNoWriMo!! ❤ ooh.. Wow, well I hope you reached it!! It is helpful to set goals I find, it gives you that motivating push!!
        Yes it is part of the process I guess. That’s a good idea so you are not constantly querying as I’ve heard it can be hard emotionally!! 😊

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  5. Congrats on winning NaNoWriMo!!! 🎉🥰 I wish you all the best luck with finishing your WIP and getting to your other plans for after NaNo! I think I did it opposite of you and need to focus more on my writing time, though it has been different with my bachelor thesis coming up! Love your snippet, as always 💕

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    1. Thank you Caro!!
      Reading and writing is a hard balance, but I think because you read a lot, you are already on your way to becoming a good writer 🙂 So glad to hear that you like my snippet!! Good luck with your thesis!!

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  6. CONGRATS, SOPHIE!! I’m so impressed that you were able to finish early while being so busy with work and also trying out a new genre. What an accomplishment! I know exactly what you mean about taking time to rest – I’ve done very little today after my final push to the end of the month yesterday 😂 But we did it!!

    Whatever your next steps are, I wish you luck! Finishing your novel by the end of January sounds like a good goal, but don’t push yourself too hard 😉 And if you start querying anytime soon, good luck!! That sounds very intimidating to me, but I’m sure you can tackle it 🙂

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    1. Thank you Margaret for your sweet comment 🙂 It’s tough to write 50K+ in one month but we did it!!
      Good luck with the next steps for your novel as well!! Querying definitely sounds intimidating, but I thought I’ll just start off small and see where it goes? Do you think you’ll consider querying in the future?

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