//JuNoWriMo is finally over!!/How is JuNoWriMo over already??

The Scene

I’m writing furiously to finish up This Curious Madness before JuNoWriMo ends. I am also discussing finer points of the novel with one of my favorite women on the planet, Arielle.

Time

Roughly 35 Hours Ago

Me: ARI

Arielle: ??

Me: I JUST REALIZED SOMETHING. THIS IS THE FIRST BOOK I’VE WRITTEN IN YEARS WHERE I ADORE BOTH MALE LEADS – AND NEITHER OF THEM ARE SNARKY. NEITHER OF THEM. WHAT EVEN.

Arielle: *sits back and thinks about that for a second*

Arielle: Whoa.

Arielle: WHOAAAA.

Arielle: THEY AREN’T.

Arielle: WHOAAA.

Me: I KNOW YOU UNDERSTAND HOW WEIRD THIS IS.

Arielle: And I love them, too….and THAT’S A SHOCK. Because I LOVE snark. And yes, IT IS VERY WEIRD.

Arielle: All the snark in this book comes from secondary characters…

Me: The MINOR characters are snarky, but the main ones aren’t and THIS IS STRANGE AND FEELS LIKE A NEW POINT IN MY LIFE AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING.

Arielle: There isn’t even that much snark in it compared to the Salvation series.

Me: BUT I HAVEN’T /MISSED/ IT. Because the book still HAS snark. BUT IT’S MY LEAST-SNARKY BOOK AND IT’S ONE OF MY FAVORITES.

Arielle: IT MEANS YOU’RE GROWING AS A WRITER.

Me: I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS RIGHT NOW. I ALWAYS THOUGHT I WOULDN’T ENJOY THE MAIN CHARACTERS IF THEY WEREN’T SNARKY BUT IT HAPPENED WITHOUT MY NOTICING.

End Scene

Of course the scene didn’t really end there; we talked for probably another half hour before I had to leave and really put all my focus on writing; but the conversation startled me in the best way. Every time I do a Novel Writing Month, I learn a multitude of new things. I learn what to do and what not to do; I learn from the flaws of a quickly-written first draft, I see what needs to be improved, and I see where my strengths lie. This was the first month, however, where the strength of my novel hasn’t been in the witty banter or sarcastic remarks…and it was really freaking exciting. (And bizarre.)

The ability to write wit, sarcasm and snark has been one of my main writing strengths. Unfortunately, like any strength, it can be too strong – and frequently does. I’ve always felt that a character with no snark is one that I can’t possibly give my heart to when I write – and yet, I did it over and over in This Curious Madness. The Hatter has a soft sense of humor, but is a pretty serious guy. The White Rabbit has no discernible sense of humor at all (I’m sure he will in the sequel, but he hasn’t really had much reason to own a sense of humor thus far). Alice has wit, but she doesn’t really realize it – and the wit is mostly contained in her ‘Notes to Self.’ The sarcastic characters are secondary ones – Dee and Dum and the Cheshire Cat.

The funny thing? It works really well. This is by far my most successful Novel Writing Month product. Granted, it needs roughly 40,000 more words (It only has about 64,000, although I don’t feel bad about it – that’s still 14,000 words over the minimum) to be a complete novel, but it has everything I tried for. It has characters I adore, a plotline I adore, a FEMALE MAIN CHARACTER who pretty much stole my heart, two competing ships that both break my heart, a bittersweet ending, and loads of color and creepiness. It’s exactly what I wanted from JuNoWriMo, and more.

But I can’t get over the lack of snark. This is probably the biggest stepping stone my writing has taken in two years – and was excellent preparation for the novels I’m plotting/attempting to finish. I’M SO READY.

I’ve had numerous people ask me, “How does it feel to be done with JuNo?” and the answer is:

I have mixed feelings. I’m content – this was my best Novel Writing Month ever. I’m dissatisfied, because This Curious Madness needs a lot of work. I’m free to work on art commissions, to plot and write in various things, to give focus to Storyseller University, a month-long program by Kevin Kaiser (the first time I’ve had school in years! If all school was like this, I’d enjoy it all). I’ve been able to watch some KDrama episodes. I’ve been able to talk with friends. I have my life back, and I’ve learned some invaluable lessons (and don’t tell anyone, but I signed up for Camp NaNo this month with the goal to write 20,000 words – although I’m probably splitting those words between Acceso, Kenna, and No Dark Disguise).

Did you do JuNoWriMo? How did it go? Did you learn anything? Give me details, people!  *grabby hands*

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21 thoughts on “//JuNoWriMo is finally over!!/How is JuNoWriMo over already??

  1. *holds up one finger*
    #1) I absolutely //loved// TCM! And I hadn’t missed the snark either. O.o It was there, but not overpowering. I always enjoy the snark in your novels. I really do. I guess this novel was just a little more… mature (?) without so much? I don’t know. But you did really well with it. ^_^

    *holds up another finger and waves the peace sign*
    #2) I’m proud of you. And have fun with that class thing!

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  2. Wow! That IS highly unusual for you, but such a huge milestone!!!!! Slowly making my way through, and wow! A whole new world to devour! Woohoo!!!! I am so excited for you! :-)

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  3. Your ‘twinship’ is the best. XD Such ingenuity has come from this union! And fangirling.

    AND OH MY GOSH YOU’RE RIGHT. THIS IS — THIS IS DOWNRIGHT /STRANGE/. The main characters aren’t snarky! What is this????? But I didn’t even notice. I enjoyed every moment of it. It was so good!

    Your goals are all met and our hearts are all broken. Ohhhh, that was /such/ a good piece! It’s one of my favorites so far! And Alice simply ROCKS. That girl … wow. She’s just awesome.

    Congratulations on getting your life back. ;D That has to feel good. /And/ you can have coffee again, right?

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  4. This Curious Madness kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time…and sometimes I couldnt even sit down because of the adreneline and excitement and fear coursing through me. Also, you should know….I am a huge fangirl of the Hatter…of Alice…The Jabberwocky…and Mika…and I ship Malice…and I ship Halice(?) {Hatter and Alice}…so. I have a problem. because, oh, my heart! also—CANNOT WAIT for the sequel. I didn’t do JuNo, but I was able to write 14 (mostly finished) chapters in one of my stories and I am actually quite proud x)

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  5. OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS YOU’RE RIGHT. I literally did not even notice the lack of snark, and I LOOOOVE your snarky characters (snarkiness = LIFE) but honest to goodness Alice and Hatter are two of my most favorite charries of yours. Alice IS my favorite female character of yours.

    MIRRI I AM SO PROUD OF YOU AND ECSTATIC FOR YOU AND HAD SO MUCH FUN READING TCM AND JUST *EXPLODES WITH HAPPY FEELS*

    But what I really gathered from this post was..

    SEQUEL?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

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  6. YAAAY FOR GETTING THROUGH JUMO! I JuMo’d. Fantastically, I might add, with copious snark. *nods* I actually come to an entirely different conclusion…in that I tried to write something deep and thoughtful and poignant and IT BURNED ON ME. So I pulled back, wrote some snark, and found my groove again. hheh.

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  7. Wow I didn’t even realize so true though. I love the two main leads too, and Alice is awesome.
    Good to know that you can write character’s who are great with no snark. I just found out that I can write snark. :)

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  8. When I read this, I was pretty much:
    O.O
    O.O
    :D :D :D :D
    I didn’t even realize your main characters weren’t snarky until you mentioned it. And yet all of them are utterly captivating and fascinating. Humorous too, in their own ways. Ahh, this is so exciting! (To be honest, this kind of feels like a “she’s one step closer to being a bestselling author” kind of growth spurt. *squee*)
    What’s this? A SEQUEL? Good thing, too, after the way the first one ended! *scoops broken heart off floor*

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