NaNoWriMo 2015: final update

NaNo-2015-Winner-Badge-Large-SquareWell. What a month! My final tally of words is 80,555. This breaks down into:

  • Desert Sands & Silence (book 6); started at 11,821 words and is now 2/3 of the way through at 26,751 words. This is now my current WIP and is actually continuing, unlike last time when it stalled…
  • Golden Trust & Treasure (book 8); first draft complete at 28,827 words (in 13 days…) and comments from my alpha obtained. This is now into the editing and beta stages; it’ll hopefully get to about 35,000 words.
  • Crystals & Communication (book 9); this was my ‘official’ NaNo work, and I hit 32,000 words in six days! It now stands at 33,756 words. This hasn’t been alpha’d yet but I think she’ll like it, so I’m not too worried.
  • A Bridge Across A Canyon, a short story that my housemate convinced me to write based on the ‘windmill’ card from Forbidden Desert. It’s complete at 3042 words but I’m not entirely happy with it, so it will likely get revisited.

Forbidden Desert cardI slowed down in the last week, partly because I wasn’t feeling well and partly because the story isn’t as easy as the first two to write. But considering I’ve struggled to get anywhere near 30,000 words in previous years, I’m very happy!

My next challenge (as well as finishing Desert Sands and editing all three) is to start writing Book 10, currently titled Bright Spark and Sunrise. I’ve been able to plan some more of it as the main character, Zack Rezian, comes into Desert Sands. He’s a thief, scoundrel, cad and charmer; in Desert Sands he’s playing off more of a plodding-policeman type, but in Bright Spark there’s secrets and shenanigans…it’s going to be fun!

So I think that overall, I can declare this NaNo a major success!