I’ve reached the end and the Mission Accomplished banner is ready to hoist. I also have a complete and coherent super hero novel completed. Life is good. What did I learn from NaNoWriMo so far? If you make a plan, stick to it and keep your expectations in check, it is easy to make some quality material in a reasonable amount of time. Is the MACRO CORP the best Novel of all time? No. But it is a project I’ve been hard pressed to create for close to 10 years.
NaNoWriMo is a great motivator and I feel that I might have set my goal a little low. Because of the short story a week creed I’ve maintained for 2 years, this ended up being a drop in the bucket.
I think I said that when I announced that I’d be doing NaNoWriMo this year. Lets look at some stats shall we? MACRO CORP is a 25 chapter novel, a little bit over 50,000 words. The word count per chapter average is a little over 2,000 words, much like my short stories. I have a total of eleven members of the Macro Corp. with Raymond Teller / Macro Man taking the protagonist pilot seat of the novel in its entirety. Every member at least gets one moment of glory.
Antagonist wise, the big bad (Cirrimus) is supported by a cast of six additional characters. All of them are fleshed out without any exhausting death soliloquies.
I surprised myself in a few parts, putting a twist in almost subconsciously. If I had to be critical. I’d say my biggest issue with the complete result is the motivations of the Antagonist. It is very difficult to properly convey their motives without an epic info dump (and I HATE those), or a perspective swap.
Long story short though, I’ll be spending the next week with revisions on it. The official winners stamp will be applied on November 25th, but I know in my heart I have something to be proud of. I’ll update the final word count for a December 1st NaNoWriMo Special.
Thanks for everyone’s support. –Eric