I don't mean to be tagging along on Siri's coattails, but perhaps it can't be helped. This was the first year in a while for both of us to attempt Nano, so of course we're going to want to talk about it.
Unlike Siri, my wrists haven't been hating me any more than usual, so I threw myself into the idea full force--50K, on a brand new project (I did Nano in 2011, but did a story I'd already started--second draft, even).
And I am pleased to say that, in the end, I pulled it out.
I've won National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) multiple times, but this year was my first time tackling it since 2011. And I didn't win -- I only hit 15,000 words. (For those of you who don't think in word counts, that's just under 1/4 of the way through the novel I'm writing.)
Here's what I (re)learned...
5. NaNoWriMo is not worth killing your wrists over. I've had on-and-off wrist problems this fall, and as soon as I started to push for higher word counts, the problems flared up again. I backed off right away and wrote all of 300 words in the next five days, before cautiously starting up again. I'm still trying to pinpoint how much I can comfortably write without physical consequences (current guess is at least 800 words a day), but I'm in this for the long haul. I'll do what I gotta do.
A novel of the Dream'verse
One, two, three,
How many will my victims be?
One, two, three, four,
How many more to even the score?
When Taro Hibiki leads a survival class into the backwoods, he has two goals: to prove himself as an instructor, and to propose to his beloved Rafe before he loses his nerve completely. In the wilds might seem a strange place for that, but it's where Taro feels most at home—and the only place the couple can escape all their other responsibilities.
On BFR, proud colonists say the name stands for “Big Effing Rock,” and brag about their planet's dangers. More treacherous than bomb bugs or sight scamps, though, is a human seeking vengeance. Soon Taro's students are dropping one by one, and no matter what Taro does, the killer stays a step ahead. Worst of all, Taro comes to suspect that the students are targets of opportunity—that the ultimate goal is Rafe.
Taro would die for Rafe in a heartbeat, but who's going to take care of Rafe if he does?
As it happens, the killer has a plan for that, too.