I did not do NaNoWriMo this year. But I participated last year. I still remember those frantic nights back in November 2012 when I was madly pounding my keyboard to arrive at an "acceptable" word count so I can make 50,000 words before December 1st. I met the word count goal, but I still had and have a lot of work to do for that WIP.
For anyone who cares, here's how my NaNoWriMo project from last year has progressed:
-I revised the the first part of my story a number of times and added more to the original 50,000 words. Now my WIP is a little over 60,000 words. But I still consider this all first-draft status. While the quantity might make you think that I'd written a novel, the truth is, I'd really just written 60,000 words that still require A LOT of revision.
-I brought the the first two chapters to the SCBWI conference in August. Two editors gave me some thoughtful feedback about what I can do to improve my story, as did a helpful critique group I worked with at a day-long intensive workshop.
-After the conference, I revised the beginning part of my story even more.
-I'm currently taking an online class with Mediabistro taught by an editor where I'm getting almost the first half of my WIP critiqued by her and my classmates. I'm learning so much from this class about writing and revision, plot and character development.
So this is where I am now with my WIP. Just moving along, slowly but surely.
How many of you did NaNoWriMO this year? How did it go for you?
For those of you who've done NaNoWriMO in a previous year, what is the status of your project?