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Elizabeth Rose & Lynette
Congratulations, gals! Each of you will receive a copy of The Soldier's Cross and a copy of The Shadow Things. You will be receiving emails or Facebook messages shortly to confirm your win (and to get mailing addresses for you both). Thank you all for participating!
Secondly, let me just repeat: NaNo is over. I know a lot of fellow participants are practically in tears as that thought begins to sink in, but I, for one, couldn't rejoice enough when I scraped and scrambled my way over the 50,000 word mark and into December. It wasn't that I didn't manage to keep up or maintain a steady pace. On the contrary, early on I got a day ahead of my goal and kept that lead all but one day out of the month. It was tiring, at times overwhelming, but by no means undoable. And yet I had a hard time.
The first reason is simply that it has become harder for me to write a great number of words in a day. That might be because I've been plodding along at White Sail's and Running Tide for so long that 1,000 words a day now looks like a glorious achievement. I wouldn't chalk it up to any increase in the weight of other responsibilities; relatively speaking, I have few. But my writing and my approach to writing has evolved.
Some people believe that every novel a writer pens is a little easier than the one before. I laugh at this foolish notion; every novel I have written since The Soldier's Cross has gotten a little harder in a slightly different respect. Somebody - Neil Gaiman, I think; he's apparently a quotable chap - remarked that you never learn how to write a novel: you only learn how to write the novel you're currently writing. I do not know, necessarily, that this is true for everyone, but I've found it to be the case with Wordcrafter, The White Sail's Shaking and The Running Tide, and now with Tempus Regina. Each has taken a little more out of me. But I found Wordcrafter more rewarding in the end than The Soldier's Cross, the Sea Fever books than Wordcrafter, and I'm (sometimes) optimistic that Tempus Regina will be still more rewarding than either of its two predecessors.
At the moment, however, Tempus Regina is being quite difficult indeed. It might be in the terrible two's period of story-telling; I couldn't say. It goes right now in fits and starts and bursts of inspiration and clouds of brainstorming, and I warn you all that I might be a bit oysterish about it for a little while. Don't say I didn't tell you ahead of time.
None of this to say that I didn't enjoy NaNo! I did. Mostly. But every time I finish a round of madcap writing, I fall back into my mental chair and vow never to put myself through it again. I'll never be so foolish - I'll never be so insane. I shall be wise! I shall tell myself no! I shall be PRUDENT!
But I don't doubt that come next NaNo, or perhaps the one after that, I'll be itching to join in once more. Because I just don't know what is good for me.