I did this last year and thought it was something cool to look back on. So I decided to do it again this year.
I’m going to compare and contrast this year’s NaNoWriMo to last year’s. I think it’ll be interesting to see the differences.
2014: I wrote a collection of short stories of various genres.
2015: I wrote a young adult religious novel titled Second Chances.
I was in the middle of working on George Florence last year when NaNo started and I was running out of Short Story Sundays. So I thought that if I wrote one short story a day at around 2,000 words each, it would suffice for NaNo.
This year I decided to try my hand at a different genre. The idea came to me last minute before November started. I couldn’t get the idea out of my head so I decided to go with it.
2014: I did not have an outline.
2015: I did not have an outline.
You can’t really outline multiple short stories when you’re looking up prompts through the Internet and in writing books.
Second Chances came to me so last minute that I didn’t have time to write an outline. Plus, I had so many ideas swimming in my head that I didn’t really feel as though I needed one.
As you can see, my writing in 2014 was kind of all over the place. My writing this year was consistent… Until I decided to take a week off from writing, but I managed to catch up last minute.
2014: I won on November 26 at 50,067 words.
2015: I won on November 30 at 50,746 words.
Despite what the stats look like, I have no idea how I was able to win a few days early in 2014, but win on the last day in 2015. Oh, well. A win is a win.
How did your NaNo go?