My NaNoWriMo 2015 Experience

I completed NaNoWriMo on 24 November and if I remember correctly, that’s two days earlier than I completed it in 2014. However, this year didn’t go as well as last year and completing NaNoWriMo didn’t leave me with such a lovely feeling as I had in 2014.

Last year I had a much better planning than this year. I planned the chapters I wanted to write and planned the ‘red line’ that would run through my story. This year I had one goal: to translate the story I have written when I was 14. The only planning I did was to copy the handwritten book and scan it as a PDF. I didn’t read the story again, as I thought I had it in my mind, which I did. But, once I started writing, the story started living a life of it’s own. By chapter 5 of the handwritten story, I stopped looking at the PDF’s and just kept on writing. The first half of the book has no sex in it at all. I repeat: The first half of the book has no sex in it at all.

The first part of the book was SO difficult to write. I doubted if I would ever be able to complete NaNoWriMo because the first half was like thick syrup I was trying to swim through. However, I had to do the first part in order to introduce my characters and to lay a foundation for the second part of the book, where the sex and sexiness happens. Once I got to the second part, the writing suddenly went a lot better. Somehow this was confirmation to me that erotic fiction definitely is the genre in which I prefer to write.

NaNoWriMo2015Winner300This was not the only revelation during the writing month. The story I wrote this year is a story that starts off with several characters and where almost all the characters are present from beginning to end. I had to constantly kept in mind the story lines that run through this story and make sure that no character was forgotten, that I ’rounded it off’ properly in the end. I managed to do so, but the thing I realized is that I prefer to have one red line running through a story and to build characters around that red line, the way I have done it in 2014. This means that I have learned something about myself and my writing during this year’s NaNoWriMo and for that I am grateful.

But for now, I will sit back and enjoy the fact that I am a NaNoWriMo 2015 winner!

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