Well, guys, I did it.
I think I say this every session, but I was seriously concerned this time that I wasn’t going to finish the novel. I hit 50,000 words about a week ago, but to me, you don’t win NaNoWriMo unless you finish the novel. Since my novels extend between 50,000 and 80,000 words, for me, this is a pretty reasonable expectation. This is the latest that I’ve finished a NaNoWriMo session, but I feel as though I am happy with the ending. And, you know, it’s the longest novel I’ve every written in a month, hitting (according to the validator) just over 65,000 words.
Sprite challenged me in several ways. First of all, I’m not very well read into faeries. In fact, I didn’t start warming up to them until recently, and there’s a darned good chance that unless something wonderful happens in this season of True Blood, Sookie Stackhouse is going to make me hate them. again. Secondly, I actually put effort into creating a good relationship in the book. I have this issue with writing romantic relationships. Kinda essential in YA! It’s not that I’m in a bad relationship, it’s just that when I kiss him I don’t start thinking of all the best adjectives, ya know? So I did that, and I am very happy with it. Thirdly, I wrote an extensive battle sequence without leaning on my crutch of making it seem fast by switching character points of view.
Some things I struggled with? That battle sequence will need some serious rewriting. But the point? It is written. Also, Amy started off as a very strong, unique character and I loved my writing at the beginning of the book. As I advanced, however, she began to fall apart. The only thing that remained consistent was her emotions – she feels things very strongly, whether it be happiness or grief. Also, I killed three (relatively important) characters, which while being a big deal for me, probably was done a little heartlessly.
I’m not really hear to tell y’all all about Sprite, though. Mostly, I’m just here to show you this.
Isn’t it pretty? 🙂