NaNoWriMo, School, and My Writing Future

NaNoGraph 2013I realize that it is December 9th and NaNoWriMo has been over for more than a week but… I DID IT! I had a very trying month and ended up falling horribly behind. But on the second to last day, with almost 20,000 words remaining, I decided to go for it. And I managed to write 19,537 words in two days!

Also, during NaNoWriMo, I managed to outline and summarize every chapter of the first book of my series and I filled out a 250 question questionnaire for two of my main characters. I also wrote a few random scenes, and a couple short stories fleshing out the back-story. Great progress!

I was unable to write up a congratulatory-to-self post earlier because I basically put a lot of school work on hold to finish NaNo and I have been playing catch up over the past week. But now I just have one exam left to do and I am FINISHED.

And I really do mean finished. I will not have finished the program I am in, but I have decided to quit school and get writing. I will probably end up going back in the future to finish the degree, but for now, I am going to write and write and write.

Which brings me to my writing plans. Well, I am super happy with the way November went, so I plan on continuing with the outlining and summarizing and back-storying that I started last month. I need to outline and summarize the chapters for books two, three, and four, which will be exceedingly helpful since I don’t actually know the ending yet (I do vaguely, but… well… yeah…).

I plan to continue that until April which is when the first Camp NaNoWriMo of 2014 will take place. I am going to probably give myself a halved goal (25,000 words) and I am going to get started writing/rewriting the first draft of the first book. I am thinking that the first draft should be finished and ready to edit by the end of July (the second Camp NaNoWriMo of 2014).

Then beginnings the editing process.

So that is the outline of my current writing plans. Full time writer for the win! (And housewife :P)

Now to go floss the heck out of my teeth in preparation for my dentist appointment next week…

About the author

Leetah Begallie

Leetah is a writer and graphic designer who lives on Vancouver Island in Beautiful British Columbia. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband (Matt), her dog (Isla), and her three pet rats (Avi, Lily, and River).

She writes mostly fantasy but enjoys tying in other genres to her stories.

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