Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Day 30 : Finito!

Yes, it's true. Sometime around 3:00 this afternoon, I finished my So-Called Novel, which officially clocked in at 50,532 words. It turned out I'd written more than 6,000 words while stranded in Cleveland, so "all" I had to do today was type those wretched words and then paste on an even more wretched So-Called Ending.

Since I've been regaling you with Last Lines, here is the conclusion of my So-Called Novel:
Inf somoyimos, in hok fkoims, Iyoxi siw Hiqy is sho hif soon him yhiy finiy yimo iy Yiyboy Hiyy, yooking fown fkom yho fookwiy of his offico is sho yofy him.Somoyimos in hok fkoim, Hiqy himsoyf wis i hqbyishof iqyhok, his konownof biogkihhy of yho Kovokonf Siyis Hokkins ihhoiking on booksyoko shoyvos iyongsifo hok own: his wokk of ficy comhyomonying hok wokk of ficyion.

Bqy in hok hoiky, Iyoxi know yho ykqyh: hok novoy cimo cyosok yhin Hiqy’s biogkihhy ovok coqyf yo cihyqking yho ykqyh iboqy Siyis Hokkins inf yho hiinyof yifios of Winsyon, fok yhoik syoky wis ono yhiy onyy yho oyos of fiiyh coqyf hokykiy.
No, I didn't suddenly start speaking an imaginary language during this last day of NaNoWriMo. Instead, I took the precaution of encrypting my text before uploading it for verification. Since the online verification process counts words without "reading" the text, writers who are paranoid (or shy) about sharing their complete draft can submit an encrypted form. By doing a document-wide search and replace with different letters, I created a loosely coded version of my So-Called Novel so the number crunchers could count words without seeing how wretched the prose really is.

And ultimately, I think this conclusion looks much cooler in its encrypted form than it did in the wretched original. :-)

Now that another year of NaNoWriMo is over, I have two questions to face. First, what is an appropriate way to reward oneself for writing a wretchedly awful So-Called Novel in 30 days? Second, now that my writing muscle is in shape, what should I work on next (after resting, of course)? If you have suggestions on either count, post them as a comment. In the meantime, I have to rest my typing fingers...


At 12/01/2005 9:13 AM, Blogger Devon Ellington said...

I'd say treat yourself to something you wouldn't normally take the time or effort to do -- whether it's a massage or a manicure or the latest hardcover book you want AT FULL PRICE. ;)

I suggest jumping right into whatever other project calls to you.

My ideas stack up like planes over LaGuardia, demanding time and attention, so as soon as I finish one, I go right into the next one.

I'm not quite as compulsive as Trollope, who simply finished one book, pulled a new page to him and began the next -- but I start again quite quickly.

Congrats on your achievement.

At 12/01/2005 10:00 AM, Blogger Diana said...

I find myself haunted by my "novel." In writing it, I am trying to answer a question. My first stab didn't even come close to doing that. I searched online for other novels that have dealt with my question and am now hunkering down, pen and moleskin in hand, trying to see how others attempted this. Is this really weird?

At 12/01/2005 10:54 AM, Blogger Rebecca Clayton said...

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At 12/01/2005 10:55 AM, Blogger Rebecca Clayton said...

Congratulations! When I finish a big project, I like to go on to something in a completely different medium. I think the intense focus on a big project lets other ideas develop quietly in the dark. Switching media lets me see what's been happening while my attention has been focused elsewhere. For example, after I've done some large computer project, sometimes I find I can easily play music I was struggling with before.
I know you've got some talent in the visual realm; maybe you should go take a lot of pictures.
Congratulations again, and thanks for letting us watch!

At 12/03/2005 11:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great work, lorianne! Congratulations on getting the word count, and in finishing the NaNoWriMo challenge. Another November has ended, and your So Called Novel is living proof. Alexa can take a breather!



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