I know the pack dynamics better. I understand the connection between Madison and the two legged world a lot more. I’ve learned some of the character’s hard lines, and what their willing to give up for love, including Hunter’s abhorrence of anyone that eats medium steak! I even got to meet Sam and Lindsay, Hunter’s brother and sister-in-law, who play a huge part of his internal conflict. I certainly didn’t know I was going to meet them when I sat down at the computer on November 1st. I’ve also met two other characters I’ve come to love. Gary and Julie. I don’t yet know what their future is, but I’m hoping they both get a happily ever after eventually, whether I write it or not.
And I’ve learned what I don’t know, even though I thought I did. I don’t know Hunter’s relationship to Brianna. It seemed clear to me before, but as I write it doesn’t feel authentic. There’s some element of their relationship I don’t understand yet, and if it weren’t at the base of the story I might cut it out all together. This will need some time to soak that I didn’t get during crazy rush of Nano. But it will come to me eventually, it always has before.
I’m always amazed every time I do nano, it really does end up being a condensed version of the writing process, not only in words or time, but emotions too. I go through all the same emotions, from having the huge spurt of energy in the beginning, to hating my work in the middle, to finding a lot that I love in the end. It’s the emotional journey I take through every work, and every nano.
Would I do it again? Hell yeah. I love nano. November is my favorite month. And this nano was especially fun, since I got to take a stab at a different genre, which I probably wouldn’t have done without this event. If I’d just been writing as I normal do, I would have tried to finish up a project or get started on Amy’s story (though I didn’t know the story on November 1st. Another Nano present). But since I wanted to try for 50k, I knew none of my current projects would last that long, so I had to try something new. Now I have a whole new genre before me, and the potential to have many works in this new world.
Not too bad for 30 days….
Wolf Lake (temporary title) 51,305 words