Archive for December, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011: Epic Fail

So, with a little over 7600 words, I can officially say that NaNoWriMo this year was an epic fail. I think I can also say that it was meant to be an epic fail. I wanted to throw away what I’d done before, for reasons that may be valid, but nonetheless were also foolish. I wanted to go in a direction that I wasn’t meant to go instead of doing the work that I knew I should be doing, which is why less than a week into the month I totally blew off NaNo.

What I have been doing is reworking my epic fantasy and I have an overview outline of Novel #1. I have a sketch outline of Novel #2 and #3. Currently, Novel #1 is being fleshed out as a detailed outline after which I intend to start writing. A catalyst for this no doubt is finding out that an agent I’m interested in will be at DragonCon in 2012. I have character sketches and setting sketches, lots more plot threads than I ever thought possible (I don’t know why I’m surprised, it’s an epic fantasy after all!). Right now, I’m in the middle of doing a summary outline, which is basically a scene by scene (if I have them) essay style outline. Once I have the detailed outline finished I’m going to do the same process with Books 2 and 3 before I even begin writing. I have some goals for this year and I hope I can get them accomplished, but that’s another post. 🙂