NaNoWriMo was weird for me this year. When it started, I'd already been writing for a few weeks and had about 32,000 words written. If you have read my books, you've probably noticed that the majority of them aren't really that long. I'd say 60,000 words is about average, so the prospect of writing 50,000 more words on a 32,000 word manuscript just didn't seem likely.
I finished up tonight (I'm writing this on the 28th, but it will probably be published on the 29th, so maybe I should say "last night") having added in 59,999 words during the month of November. Part of me wants to try to find any excuse to add in a single word to make that 60,000 even. The other part of me is too tired to even look at the document.
Spicebringer (the novel's title) stretched me in ways I wasn't expecting. Not only with extended word count (if you add the two writing sessions, pre-NaNoWriMo and NaNoWriMo together, it comes to just over 93,000 words) but with the themes of it.
I'm really hoping this will be something you guys all enjoy ... of course, we have a long road of edits ahead of us (don't we always).
Still thank you for staying tuned.
I'm not honestly sure what I am going to work on next ... so many options.
H. L. Burke