Thursday, December 02, 2010

After NaNoWriMo 2010

National Novel Writing Month 2010 is over, and I won.

That means I wrote more than 50,000 words - 57,812 words to be precise. Is it a novel, as it should be according to the rules? No, but at least it's part of it. The thriller with the working title "Tour de Force" needs 80,000 words, like any real novel. That's why I am now continuing work on the same story, and also trying to maintain the same pace of 2,000 words a day.

The main reason why I didn't participate in NaNoWriMo 2009 was that the two previous years, I suffered from a post-NaNo backlash. I wrote 72,000 and 101,000 words respectively, but then virtually nothing at all for at least one month afterward. That's why this year, I maintained a slower pace.

That tempo not only should take me through December to finish Tour de Force, but also beyond and all the way through 2011. As far as the 2,000-word-a-day habit goes, I want the whole of 2011 to be National Novel Writing Year, for my own person at least.

Today, I've been celebrating the end of NaNo by watching the movie The Next Three Days - a remake of the French movie Pour Elle which I haven't seen but would like to. I also went to the book store in the hope of buying something, but as usual I want to read online reviews first. Some of the books that caught my attention were The Gordian Knot by Bernhard Schlink, Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell, Death in Seville by David Hewson, and The Soul Collectors by Chris Mooney. After reading the Amazon reviews, I might go for the Cornwell one, definitely not Mooney, and maybe not Schlink. Hewson's novel is actually a reissue of his first novel, Semana Santa, which got criticized for being too Italian. I might want to find another Hewson novel instead.

2011 should be the year I try to write four books: among my choices for the time being are a political thriller involving France and the Netherlands, a historical novel set either in the Roman era or in the Middle Ages, another thriller which could be either Mediterranean or Asian, and what I call my 'guru book.' I'll be working out the plots as I complete Tour de Force and make my choices for the novels by the end of this month. I'll tell you when I get there. In the meantime, keep warm and keep busy.

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