Another Camp NaNoWriMo has come to an end, at least for me. I verified at approximately 1:45 am on the 29th.
It wasn’t a pretty win, but it was a win.
Why wasn’t it pretty?
Well, for one thing, I was lagging behind on word count most of the month, so at the end I was making a mad push for words and writing absolute drivel.
A large part of that is because I’m still fighting with a logic flaw in Book 6 and every time I think I’ve figured my way out of it something else crops up.
And sometime in the past few days it occurred to me that I was caring too much about Book 6, and it was keeping me from being free to just write goofy off the wall fun things, even though I know that those goofy off the wall fun things often end up creating really good ideas to move the story along and get you unstuck and…
But I just couldn’t seem to do that this time. Maybe because the Academy of the Accord series has become too major of a part of my life over the last several years. It deserves better attention than it gets during a NaNoWriMo session, especially one where I’m running behind all month.
Or maybe it was something else. I don’t know. All I know is that I decided to take a break and step away from it for a bit and write something totally random and unplanned that I didn’t care about. If nothing else it would pump up the word count and then I could go back to Book 6 when I was caught up.
But then a funny thing happened…
My totally without merit word orgy turned into something…
Well, I won’t say it turned into something worthwhile, because so far I don’t think it is. But somehow the characters began to develop and a real plot bunny hopped out of the fiasco.
It’s not a bunny I plan to pursue, at least, not any time in the near future, but I started to really like the characters and a two sentence bit of conversation has spawned a potential contemporary tale and…
And this is now going to go into my “Novels I’m Ignoring” file (yes, I do have a file folder on my computer with that name) and I will turn my attention back to Book 6 of The Academy of the Accord and will work on it at a much slower pace. I want to be able to edit it by June, but that’s not carved in stone, and May should give me plenty of time to finish it.
Next month, though, is mostly going to be focused on finishing the revisions to Onyx Sun so I can get it released. I’m hoping that it doesn’t take me all month because I’m not quite midway through entering changes to Book 4 of The Academy of the Accord and not quite that far in doing paper edits of Book 5, and I’d like to get both of those things done as well.
Looks like it’s back to work…
(At least until July Camp.)