NaNoWriMo 2014: final summary

Nearly the end of NaNo!

My official wordcount is something like 26,000 words on Heights & Horizons, which I am very happy with. I am over halfway through the story; I have a plan (planning! me!) and have just started writing the second half of the story. I hope that it will end up at something over 40,000 words, which will be about the right length. The characters are flowing, the story’s interesting, and I’m really enjoying writing it.

However, I haven’t been too worried about finishing my ‘official’ novel; I just use the opportunity to write! And in the last week I have got Salt Winds (aka book 4 in the Green Sky series) finished, and that has now gone to my editor for a first read. I’m hoping I’ll get some constructive comments but I also don’t want to have to change too much, so I’m a little nervous…

I’ve also been trying to work on Empty Skies (book 5), but I have been struggling with it. I’m missing the middle section; it’s action, and plot, and a whole bunch of new characters – and I don’t have anyone to hang the section around. I don’t have my pirate lady in my head as much any more; the motivations of my two main characters aren’t clear to me. I need to get it finished, but I also need to sit down and work at it – and my head’s not in the right place for that at the moment. I’m hoping to spend a few days on it over December, and otherwise it will go on my New Year’s list for 2015!

As well as working on Green Sky, I’ve also been working on some Dresden writing. If I total the two together, it puts my wordcount as a little over 40,000 words (13,000 on Dresden; 26,000 on H&H, a few thousand finishing Salt Winds) – and for a month of writing, for me, that’s brilliant!

So in conclusion: NaNo 2014 has been a personal success, even if not an official one.