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Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon


War of words



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December 07, 2011 - Only 70 minutes remained for the November month long challenge. Not taking any chances with the end result I copied and pasted over 100 pages of text into the small box.

The screen on the webpage changed and a sigh of relief escaped, I had finished National Novel Writing Month (affectionately called NaNoWriMo or NaNo for the shorter version.) I had finished 101 words over the 50,000 word minimum.

I made it! I met my goal and completed my second NaNoWriMo.

Though it was writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days (averaging 1,667 per day), most of my writing was in the last eight days for a total of 30,000 words and 14,000 of them in the last two days.

Insert long sigh here. Both relief and exhaustion took over but even though the screen had changed to winner I opened the document one more time to finish the scene.

Reflecting on my second completed NaNo I learned I am a mad typer. I could easily average 550 words during Word Wars, an online 15-minutes word sprinting challenge with writers in the region. I might take my skills to the NaNoWriMo Midway Write-in next year.

As the same with last year, my characters still respond better under pressure. This year they completely changed the plot in the last 48 hours.

Contractions still did not exist during the month, see "did not" counts as two words rather than "didn't" which is only one. It is an easy boost. Plus, editing is for going back and editing will happen.

Now, time to break from the story before I go back make it more concrete and go through the revisions. In the next year, I can use the time to hone the typing skills and work on an outline for the second idea I had for NaNoWriMo. There is nothing like going into NaNo with two ideas battling to be the 50,000 word novel.

Plus, now comes the time to ween off of Starbucks visits. Good-bye Pumpkin Spice Latte. As well as the Panera Bread visits - free WiFi and refills for the ideal spot for write-ins. Dangerous but very ideal.

I can also officially watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two DVD which came out on Nov. 11. When it comes to NaNo you have to make sacrifices.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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