And 50149 words

So, I’ve completed one more NaNoWriMo successfully. I still have a long way to go on the second space opera; I’m only about halfway through, and I already know some of the scenes I’ve already written will need some reworking. I am not entering my totals on the official NaNoWriMo website for the first time in a long time; I’ve not been happy with the direction the official site/organization have taken over the last few years, and I don’t expect that will change.

I’ve made some interesting discoveries, such as the fact that description, exposition and basic banter between established characters are the easiest things for me to dictate, while more “choreographed” elements (action scenes, high-drama conversations, etc) are easier to type. For dictation, my preference is to do seven minutes at a stretch, then clean up punctuation and misheard words for seven minutes or less, and then repeat the dictation/cleanup cycle.

If you’re curious, here’s what my wordcount totals by day looks like:

DateWords Per Day
11/1/20203332
11/2/20202575
11/3/20201444
11/4/20200
11/5/20200
11/6/20201257
11/7/20203174
11/8/20201805
11/9/20201432
11/10/20201920
11/11/20201668
11/12/20201441
11/13/2020952
11/14/2020593
11/15/2020612
11/16/20201845
11/17/20202026
11/18/20201927
11/19/20200
11/20/20202004
11/21/20201120
11/22/20202940
11/23/20201576
11/24/20202440
11/25/20202119
11/26/20201950
11/27/20201933
11/28/20201957
11/29/20203264
11/30/2020843

Complete at 102926 words…For Now

Yesterday, I celebrated my country’s freedom from bad cooking, Received Pronunciation, and taxation without representation. Tomorrow, I will celebrate my temporary freedom from first drafting. You see, tonight I finished the first draft of the longest book I have ever written. The space opera I’ve been trying to write for years finally came together.

A few notes on the process:

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