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NaNoWriMo Progress #3: I won!

This is the fastest NaNoWriMo win for me EVER. Hah. Most years I tend to forget about NaNo until half way through, or I do participate but end up with only half a plot and zero inspiration, and finish nowhere. I was pretty proud when I won Camp NaNoWriMo this year in June, but I’m even more proud this time around with my current NaNoWriMo project. This is one of the fastest stories I’ve ever written, even if it’s one of the most complex ones as well.

I’m now at 53k words, and I’m giving myself another 10-15k words to wrap things up. It’s funny how Allegro Academy – Adagio started out intended as a novella, then morphed into a full-length book, and now will probably be the first of a trilogy. There are so many loose ends and unexplained mysteries still to solve that it’s impossible to cover everything in one book. Besides, the characters demand a second book as well, since they’re nowhere near where I want them yet. The only thing remaining the same is the ending. What I initially saw as the ending of the novella, will be the ending of this WIP.

I can’t even grasp how excited I am. And how INSPIRED. Sometimes it’s a drag to write, especially when hard scenes come up or I find it troubling how to write a certain scene, but nothing of the sort happened with this WIP. It practically wrote itself, and inspiration kept pouring in as I continued to write. Maybe I should do less planning beforehand as well, since it worked out so well in this case.

The plan is to wrap this first draft up, write the one missing scene (the one scene I couldn’t write back then), and end the story at around 65-70k words. Then work on some children’s books, or another YA manuscript for a few weeks, and then start editing.

How is your NaNoWriMo progress coming along?

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