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Day of Reckoning: Day 30

Today is officially the last day of NaNoWriMo 2008. I promise that this will be my last post for the 2008 Nano experience. I want to thank everyone who shared their journey along the way. During the month, I regularly read the posts from fellow NaNoers and their experiences were inspirational and comforting – particularly on the days when I felt quite lost in the process. I also picked up a lot of great writing tips along the way.

Today, I made up some booklets out of the draft script – that adhesive felt I have had stored in the bottom drawer turned out to be a great way to bind the books. The story is unedited, riddled with mistakes and contains some really clunky bits – but there are some phrases with potential. At the beginning of the month, I had promised to share the story as written with some friends (for them, the book is in the mail!). It will then be the day of reckoning – the days when someone else other than myself will get to read the story – I am curious as to what the feedback will be – hopefully brutally honest and then I will decide what the next step should be.

Tomorrow is the first day of a new month, and the first day of a new challenge. I will attempt to improve my vocabulary. The random word chosen from the dictionary just happens to be “PHYTOCHROME”. Yeah – I am sure I can do something with that! First though I am going to redesign this site.

Congratulations to all the Nano 2008 winners, and to those that are sprinting towards the end in the last few hours. Perhaps I will see you again next year! And to those that may not end up with a badge, it is still admirable that you set out on a journey and November is not the only month of the year when you can write!


Limited Vocabulary – Day 29

During Nano 2008 I became acutely aware of how limited my vocabulary was. English is my native tongue but there are so many magnificent words out there that didn’t come naturally to me when I was writing.

I don’t know if I will do Nano next year, but in the meantime I do want to expand my access to the English language. Over the past few days, I had been devising ways in which to do that – randomly select a word from the dictionary each day (or so) and write a post on that.

Then last night I came across a great idea by Saturday Scribes where they post a theme and a number of words regularly for others to write a creative piece and submit it to the site. Could be lots of fun!

Restored and recycled – Day 28

One of the more interesting things that happened to me during NaNoWriMo was that I found my old poetry books that I wrote as a disturbed teenager. They are most likely older than some of my readers today and was the last time I wrote creatively. It was during a point in writing the novel, that I needed an extra burst of inspiration.

They are dark and tormented lines and to read them with years of adult experience behind me was a curious insight into what I once was, and what is still important to me today. I actually used some of the poems in the novel – converted to prose – for a dream (delirium) scene when my MC has battled two demons and as a result contracted the virus that is rampantly sweeping through Zetoec. As much as they were written in a different context and time, the meaning of those words have been restored and revived.

Technically, I am not sure whether I have cheated on my word count by recycling old ideas, but the personal journey of connecting with a forgotten past is something that I will treasure from NaNoWriMo 2008.

The next challenge – NaBloPoMo

Call it mad – maybe it’s post writing blues, but I signed up to NaBloPoMo today – the goal is to post daily.  At least there is no word target like NaNoWriMo.

Don’t judge a book by its cover – Day 27

Do you judge a book by its cover? I know I do sometimes, but I am more prone to be that impulsive when selecting a bottle of wine.

This month during NaNoWriMo I feel as though I put myself out there, doing some creative writing and for the first time writing a “novel” of just over 50,000 words. Some may argue that that doesn’t technically count as a novel – but hey – the illusion works for me.

So, if I could write a novel, why not pull out those cool Copic pens that have been lying around, unused forever in my drawer and put them to good use.

There are two things that I have learnt – I may never make any money out of being a novelist or an artist – but that doesn’t matter – it was absolute fun along the way!

Whatever you do, try not to judge this book by its cover!


Synopsis – Day 26

As much as I finished the story yesterday, I simply cannot leave NaNo alone.  Today I started to draw the draft front cover for the book (that will probably never be published) and hopefully I will post a copy of that tomorrow.  It just isn’t quite finished.

However, for my faithful readers, I have uploaded a synopsis of Zetoec.  It has been done in Wordle which seems to be the fad of the moment, and fun to see what words have been the post popular after writing over 50,000 words.  This wordle is based on the top 150 or so words (ex-characters) from the full script.

Zetoec Wordle

Zetoec Wordle

The Colour Purple – Day 25

Today is the day – I have been able to officially load my novel to  NaNoWriMo for the final count, and I can now say with confidence that I am officially a WINNER – purple bar and all.  I have always loved the colour purple but not so much as I did today.

The Purple Bar

The Purple Bar

Although I had reached the NaNoWriMo word count target of 50,000 back on the 20th November, regular visitors to this site will know that the last 5 days has been a struggle for me to actually finish the story.  Once I hit the word count goal for the month, my attention quickly switched from word counts, calculators, spreadsheets and graphs, to the actual literary challenge of writing a “completed” story before the end of the month to feel a sense of achievement.

Today, my characters that have lived so actively in my head the past 25 days have been silenced.  At times I did feel as though they were beside me while I was writing.  The heroes have gone on a well deserved vacation (perhaps to plot and scheme for some future revival), and the villains are still lurking in the dark recesses of my mind.  The plot has been terminated.  Sure, if I was to re-read the story, I am positive that I will find many places where I could further develop both the characters and the story, but for my first novel – ever – I am not looking to write an epic.

I do have something though that perhaps I can go back to at a later date, if I wanted to pursue this creative side and previously untested side of me.  I have enjoyed this personal challenge, whether I come back and do it again – I will see.  No promises.

For the numerically inclined, here are some stats on about Zetoec:

Final Total Word Count: 56,494 (as verified by NaNoWriMo)

Average Word Count per day: 2,260

Worst Day: Day 21 (post 50K Blues) with 0 words written

Best Day: Day 19 with 3,998 words.

Winner Statistics: 56th person to be awarded official “Winner Status” in 2008.

The Coveted Winners Badge

The Coveted Winners Badge