Instead of focusing on the third book in the Deluded Detective series, I created a patchwork of words. My pre-NaNoWriMo preparation centered on this question: Am I a starter or a finisher? I know I’ve proof that I’m both but honestly, I’ve always loved the front end of the business whether it’s writing or engineering. I let a friend decide that I should start another Deluded Detective book (called DD03 herein). This is how I finished with a patchwork manuscript.
I figured DD03 would be a 30k novella. My Tunisian romance only needed about 10k words to complete it. I had the brilliant idea to do both. First I needed to review the first 20k in the novella, which would take time but also have the benefit of edits. So I decided I could count the revision as NaNoWriMo words, but weighted less. So 20K revised words were 5k.
Then I did three more revisions in The Last Storyteller before its November release. I figured those should be worth 75% new words and calculated that accordingly.
I did another pass of The Foreign Story Collector novel that I’ll submit it to a publisher next week. I applied the 25% rule.
Then I wrote new words in the Tunisian paranormal. Not 10k, but I completed 1700 words in Chapter Eight.
I have a book proposal that I’m submitting first week of January. So I wrote 3780 new words in the book description, in the first chapter, and in the synopsis.
Finally, in DD03, I wrote 7593 new words.
I am immensely pleased with my starting and finishing accomplishments in November. I have 7500 words started in the third Deluded Detective Book, and I’m halfway through the first draft of the proposal due in January. I am a chapter closer to finishing the Tunisian novella, I did finish the last revision of FSC for submission next week, and after three more revisions of The Last Storyteller, I published it 20 November.
And that’s what writing and NaNoWriMo are all about!