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So, I finished NaNoWriMo on the 28th, getting 51847 words before midnight. And that was before adding another 500 words or so of epilogue. And now I would go splat, only I have all this editing thing to get finished. Blargle.

What have we all learned from my first winning Wrimo, then? In the spirit of the recent Barnes and Noble piece, I've done a list of 30 things about my NaNoWriMo which may or may not contain copious amounts of Tumblr gifs.



1) You can be doing something else, but you'll always be thinking of the novel. And you'll drop everything to go and write down a good idea. EVERYTHING.

2) Me: 'I'm very cross!'
Pete: 'Why?'
Me: 'I can't find a decent translation of Aeneid VI with the comparison of Dido to Parian marble.'
Pete: *pretentious facepalm*

3) You've got most of a plot written down, then your characters go and do something random and different, and you need to change everything. Ugh.

4) That feeling when you finally learn how to remove horizontal dividers in Word. I AM A WORD WIZARD.

5) When writing a particularly disturbing violent scene, don't half-finish it, listen to this track, then go to bed. NEVER DO THIS. (But do wake up in a cold sweat, go 'hai I could add that bit from my dream to that one chapter', and hate your brain.)

6) Writing bits in other languages apparently turns Google Translate into a Biblical pedant. WHY I OUGHTTA.

7) Setting your story in Edinburgh will make you incredibly homesick. It will make you form a list of places you've written about to drag your husband round when you go up for Christmas.

8) You like adverbs. God, you love adverbs. You just love words. You can't find enough alternative ways to say 'vermilion'. You are a pretentious fool.

9) 'Fragment (consider revising)' is my prog album name. Relatedly, is Word's spelinz and grammer checker ever right? Like, ever?

10) You have to be reminded to go outside the house. And spend time with your husband. And just interact with real people and not characters.

11) Although, such time mostly consisted of watching large amounts of stuff from The Genesis Archive, scarring Pete in the process.

12) Me: 'It's nearly Christmas? KATE BUSH CHRISTMAS SPECIAL YAAAYYYY'
Pete: -_-

13) Suddenly, Facebook and Twitter become useful lifelines to the 'outside world' thing. Especially at 2am. Especially with excellent partners-in-crime like [profile] pinkapplejam, Lorna and Kelly generating discussion threads about ovaries, abstract Spanish insults and why Miley Cyrus wants a word with herself for licking Sledgehammers. My friends are the best friends ever.

14) Your husband buys six bottles of Tesco mulled wine. They're gone in two weeks. He's had perhaps a couple of glasses of it. ALCOHOL-FUELLED CREATIVITY HOOOOOO

15) You forget to eat. This is why your husband occasionally airdrops plates of pasta into the office, and you do a ravenous Keith Emerson on an actual substantial meal. ARE YOU GONNA EAT THE REST OF THAT CHICKEN COS JUST SAYING.

16) Because of that and the strength training, you drop 5 kilos and are mostly muscle. POWERFUL NOVEL WRITING MUSCLE.

17) News articles your husband shows you are greeted with the reaction 'One of my characters is loose!'

Oh, and your face when you try explaining what a selkie is and they're all 'oh lol so it's a mermaid right?'. NO, NO IT ISN'T.

18) You can't bring yourself to write a love scene, so you PG-13 it. You scoff at fanfic and slash. Then you reactivate your Tumblr, discover an intrepid band of 20-something ladies who do old rock band slash. Then you write a completely separate, highly not worksafe piece about your protagonist. It's not going in the novel, before you ask. Anthropomorphic buttsex doesn't fit in with the plot, mmkay?

19) You wish you hadn't seen some of the aforementioned fangirls' Tumblrs. You try to block it out with NaNo writing but now cannot unsee the 'Philter', or the 'Ganks'. THE GANKS.

20) Your husband sneers at your Tumblr hobby. Next day, find him on Kate Bush GIF Tumblrs. POT KETTLE, SON.

21) You forget to sleep. You get an idea at 11pm, announce 'I'll be right back!', and then boom! 4am and 3000 words written!

22) But you can still function perfectly the next day. Who said I was getting old?

23) The NSA are almost certainly on their way to kill me because of my search history. So far, we have 'how explosions work', 'List of uprisings in South America', an image search for dead bodies and, well, all of my Tumblr dashboard has questionable taste and decency violations.

24) When your mum/your husband's super-Christian coworker asks to read a bit but says they don't like sex or violence, your face is all like this.

25) You buy ill-advised things when you hit word milestones. Like PG's back catalogue, first pressings of Genesis vinyl, this fine book and tickets to see Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull at Ely Cathedral. DEAR SANTA PLEASE CAN I HAVE A FLUTE FOR CHRISTMAS KTHNX

Pete's face = this. My face when one of the vinyls was almost tossed back into the crap postie's van and I opened the door in time = this. Cannot be responsible for posties battered to death for nearly ruining my records >:|

26) Playing music as well as listening to it is a good distraction. Don't start, though, by trying to play the intro to this. *hands fall off*

27) It's prudent to remember you tend to sing loudly with headphones on in the Writing Zone. When your Spotify playlists jump wildly between genres, note that someone hearing 'Away from me cold-blooded woman/Your thirst is not mine', 'They're justified and they're ancient/And they drive an ice cream van', and 'I'm not saying what I did was alright/Trying to break out of the ghetto was a day to day fight' sounds like you're either writing out your acid trip or about to plan the weirdest murder ever.

But you win bonus points for that one time you were singing 'AND IT'S HEY BABY WITH YOUR GUARDIAN EYES SO BLUE' and you swear you heard your neighbour singing back 'HEY MY BABY DON'T YOU KNOW OUR LOVE IS TRUE'.

28) The more you write, though, the more confident you get and the less you cringe looking back at what you've done. Especially when people tell you some of the words are good. Excellent words!

29) You've had so many ideas you have a crazy idea to write another one when the first one is properly finished. That's crazy talk, right? Right?

30) Pete: 'It's bedtime."
Me: 'Yeah, but I just need to finish this metaphor and also there's approximately one minute of this flute solo left and-'
Pete: D:< *leaves*



TL;DR- wrote a novel, turned into a starving artist/hormonal teenager/boring prog fart, really enjoyed the entire process. Even if I scared everyone around me. Roll on the long painful edit!

Date: 2013-12-14 02:34 pm (UTC)
emperor: (Phoenix)
From: [personal profile] emperor
Congratulations :)

Date: 2013-12-15 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] uisgebeatha.livejournal.com
Thankee kindly :)

Date: 2013-12-14 05:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rochvelleth.livejournal.com
Woo :D This is so awesome :)

And yeah, what's with Word's SPLLCHCKR? And my grammar thing is just stupid. If I made the changes it suggested it would all end up sounding like Manuel from Faulty Towers. Or something.

You've had so many ideas you have a crazy idea to write another one when the first one is properly finished. That's crazy talk, right? Right?

*LOL* That happened to me when I finished my PhD. So so wrong :)

Date: 2013-12-15 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] uisgebeatha.livejournal.com
^_^ *squee*

The spell checker was mostly OK, although it kept insisting on defaulting to US English, and so autocorrecting things like 'colour' to 'color'. Grr! But yeah, the grammar tool only picked up one or two genuine howlers on the entire thing. It did, hilariously, pick up a couple of errors in Spanish sections :P

*LOL* That happened to me when I finished my PhD. So so wrong :)

But writing is fun and addictive!

Also, have I ever mentioned how much I love that icon?

Date: 2013-12-15 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pinkapplejam.livejournal.com
"Your husband buys six bottles of Tesco mulled wine. They're gone in two weeks."
YES

XD

Well done once again! And kudos with the arm strength/weights, it's amazing!!

Date: 2013-12-15 09:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] uisgebeatha.livejournal.com
IT'S LIKE £3.99 CRACK

I AM NOW MORE MULLED WINE THAN PERSON

And ta! Project Strongth goes well! I might almost be able to do one pull-up by next year :P

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