I just posted my 2004 NaNo to my Wiki. Risu
It's not very good. In particular, it has little or no artistic integrity (especially towards the end), weak plot, weak characterization, excessive use of irrelevant philosophizing...
I honestly doubt it's worth your time to read it. However, if you want to, feel free to leave comments on the Wiki, or just edit the text (it's not like the Wiki version is my only copy). Precede your lines with a ':' if you want them to stand out from the rest of the text, or leave comments on the main Risu page intead of the chapter pages, or whatever.
I did learn two useful lessons from NaNoWriMo this year:
- I can accomplish very large tasks, even ones that seem to have little intrinsic value to me, if I decide to. This is a good thing, because it means that if I discover I absolutely have to dig a hole 100 feet by 100 feet by 100 feet with a teaspoon for some reason, I'll probably be able to do it.
- Trying to write a novel without planning is just stupid, if you're trying to write something that's any good. Next year I plan to plan, but if I somehow find it November 1 and I haven't planned, I probably won't participate. This means planning both in terms of outlining and in terms of making sure that I'm not too distracted (it was very difficult to write this much while remaining employed; both my job and my writing suffered, possibly to such a degree that the total writing + work value wasn't as high as either the writing alone or work alone would have been).
Anyway, I need a little bit of time to breathe, but it will be good to have that behind me. There's a crapload of other stuff that needs doing in my life. It'll be nice to have a vacation (in Florida, no less) this weekend.