Day 22 - If you’ve participated in or won NaNo before, what happened to your other novel efforts? Still in the revision process/querying publishers/scrapped it immediately/etc.
2004 - Fake Wings - Won
I’ve attempted to re-write this thing so many times, and also I’ve incorporated elements of this story into later NaNo’s. This story is picked apart so much that I don’t think there is any hope for it…. Then again it was my first NaNoWriMo attempt and I came up with all the character, plot, etc. on the spot. Apparently I am not a pantser.
2005 - Lonely Road - Won
This one I actually did try outlining before hand. It went from being loosely related to my 2004 NaNo to being a full on prequel! There was this one character that I wanted to make a cameo in the book, and well…. he kind of took over the plot o_O”
As far as editing it goes… well…. I did print it out and even read about half of it…. then got sick of it and threw it out a window. Ok, I didn’t actually throw it out of a window, but I kind of wanted to…. Mostly because I had planned only enough for a short story, so there was A LOT of padding. I mean a lot. The characters watched SO much TV it wasn’t even funny…… so yeah, it was kind of an uneditable mess.
2006 - The Painful Bunny - Won
When I set out to write this novel my main goal was to have fun with it. So I tossed the outlining approach and decided to wing it with a loose outline. Unfortunately because of that I’m still uncertain what the story was about exactly…..
The basic premise of the story is centered around a small group of writers that were participating in NaNoWriMo while working at the Happy Bunny Cafe. I developed the character personality and interest before NaNo started and hopped that it would be enough to get me through the month but give me enough room to be creative. and well…. like I said, I still have no idea what the story was about o_O”
2007 - Twilight: Lost Princesses - Lost
This is the first year that I was working “off the grid” and had very little access to electricity to charge my laptop, which only had about a 48 minute battery life.
The story it’s self I found really interesting when I did go back to read it. So much so I started planning my own Visual Novel and even coded the first chapter in Ren’py. Unfortunately I’m not really very a talent drawer, so I never really got around to drawing the models and kind of dropped the project. Though I might pick it back up one day. Maybe o_O”
2008 - A Fish-Shaped Window - Lost
Another losing year because of the great lack of electricity ;_;
The story was sort of a mash-up of characters from my 2004 and 2006 novels, with the cast getting a complete overhaul. I turned one of the characters into some sort of ninja/assassin like person, that character that made a cameo in my 2005 novel was back and now the owner of a bar/cafe/restaurant thing. But That’s about as far as I got with writing. What did I do with this story idea? Well, see 2009’s blurb.
2009 - Memories Don’t Lie - Won
I was back in town for this year and had electricity again, so that helped a lot with actually finishing this novel.
The story itself was a sort of mash-up of my 2004 and 2006 story, pretty much the same idea as the year before but with a little more planning. The main characters were actually the main characters of my 2004 novel, though they had different names they were pretty much the same characters. Mister I’m-only-making-a-cameo was worked into the plot yet again, and took over said plot yet again….. That character has a way of doing that….. so I’ve banned him from ever stepping foot into another one of my novels ever again. (unless it’s a re-write, then that’s different)
The story itself was one giant mess…. pretty much I added too many characters and too many unrelated plots, making it into some sort of random story that had no consistency what-so-ever. Technically I never finished the story, being that I had planned 4 separate parts to the story and only wrote the first 2 parts…. so yeah o_O”
2010 - The (Caged Bird) Sings A Lonely Song At Twilight - Won
I actually did do a full on re-write of this story for Camp NaNo, though what I did was cut down on the cast size since I had, yet again, wrote too many characters into the original story. Also the Camp NaNo version went in a very different direction than this version of the story. For example, the MC’s sister dies somewhere in the middle of this version of the story, but in the Camp NaNo version she dose not die…. and in fact she was apparently more of an important character than I had originally thought.
SO, in a nutshell, I’m currently not planning on editing any of my older NaNoWriMo stories. I may edit the one I am currently writing for Camp NaNo, but I have a feeling that I’m going to want to move onto another project… like the Slender Man story that I want to write. ^_^