I’m taking a brief break from my YALLFest reflections to report on two recent triumphs: finishing my NaNoWriMo novella and getting a piece published! (Also, apologies for the missed post last Saturday. Was traveling, eating, and binge-playing Pocket Camp.)
My goal for National Novel Writing Month was not, in fact, to write a novel, but a novella. 50,000 words just isn’t feasible with six classes and a thesis, but 500 words a day is. I overshot my goal by about 5,000 words but did manage to wrap the story up by November 30–huzzah! Its narrative quality is not overwhelming, but it’s something to work with.
Some surprises I encountered while writing:
- I do not know my protag’s backstory past 4 years before the story happens…oops
- I pulled a deus ex machina at the end by turning a character into an exiled demon prince (It’s not as middle-school-fantasy as it sounds though, because it’s a giant lizard)
- My protag’s love interest is more bloodthirsty than anticipated
- And the god is more bashful
- Aforementioned god still, 20,000 words later, has no name (have been calling him ‘O’ in desperation)
- It was heck of a lot of fun to write, and 500 words a day is so doable I’m going to keep doing it
Secondly, I’ve been published again!!! It’s my second piece to be published in my university’s literary magazine, a flash fiction piece like the first one. It’s called Descent, and details the strange descent of a submarine crew. I was honored to be asked to read it at the release party last night, and it was a blast, even though I messed up a couple of times.
All of these writing-related victories have left me despondent in the face of exam week, in which I must put aside major creative projects in favor of endless academic writing–which I still enjoy, but not when nine hundred essays are due in the same week.
Pictured above: either the crew of Descent navigating the deep sea or myself navigating through finals week. Both options equally perilous.