A Patchwork of Words and NaNoWriMo 2017

Last night at about 9:45, I wrote my last words in my NaNoWriMo manuscript and submitted it for validation. Woohoo. My winner’s badge is to your left.

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!

Happy writing!


About mlknowlden

In 2011, I left engineering to write full-time. Between the years 1992 and 2011, I’ve published 14 stories with Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine that have featured the hypochondriac detective Micky Cardex and two stories that did not. The 1998 story “No, Thank You, John” was nominated for a Shamus award. Many of these stories have been included in anthologies and translated in multiple languages. With Neal Shusterman, I’ve also published a science fiction story for the More Amazing Stories anthology (Tor) published in 1998 and co-authored with Neal Shusterman an X-Files Young Adult novel (DARK MATTER) for HarperCollins in 1999 under the name Easton Royce. For Simon & Schuster in July 2012, we published an e-novella UNSTRUNG in Neal's UNWIND world. I have graduate degrees in English and Electrical Engineering.
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