Week 4: Chase the Ace is a NaNoWriMo winner!

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

NaNoWriMo 2017 Winner Certificate Chase the Ace

What a month. The first draft of Chase the Ace is finished and has been verified as a NaNoWriMo winner. This means I suprassed the 50,000 word goal set at the beginning of November and have had those results verified on the NaNoWriMo website.

This experience has been a revelation. I took an idea that was a tweet and turned it into 50,000+ words. That is almost accomplishment enough. Writing every day, before or after my regular job, has been really helpful in building this muscle, and, in a pretty intensive way, strengthening it.

I’ve discovered I much prefer writing dialogue over anything else. Not entirely surprising, since I was a speechwriter in the past, but a fun realization all the same. This makes me think my original instinct that Chase the Ace was a screenplay idea was … pretty on the mark. And maybe it will become one. Nothing is off the table.

I’ve put off this project, and scores of others over the years, because I just didn’t know if I had enough ideas to put a story together, beginning to end. Turns out, I did. Once I started writing, I almost had too many ideas. Snippets of people, real things that have happened to me, things said and not said.

Even if it never sees the light of day, I’m feeling great about where my book is, but there is a long, long way to go to get it ready to put in front of someone else. Moving on to the next phase:

  • Finish naming all of my characters and locations. Except for about six characters, everyone is currently called [NAME].
  • Revision. I’ve got some plot to smooth out. I’ve also got to do a bit of research to write my way out of a situation I’ve written myself into (#intrigue)
  • Punch-up (pummel my manuscript with more jokes, not my fists)
  • More revision. And more.
  • Next year’s NaNoWriMo idea [DONE]
  • Clearing my podcast queue. Things really got out of hand while I was writing this month.

One thing I did get done this weekend is my author photo. I’ll never have a better one.

Me in my writing cape. Writing. And having a beer.

My only real NaNoWriMo regret is not learning about YouTube’s 8-hour videos of noise until last week. I’ve been writing up a storm to coffee shop noise, airport noise, campfire by the ocean noise, blizzard. For me, it’s 100% better than listening to music, and I’ll never go back.

Status update

As of end of day, Sunday, November 26, 2017, I had written 52,526 of 50,000 words. Slightly more than 105% of the 50,000-word target for #NaNoWriMo. My draft was validated as a winner and now I’m ready for the next step.

That’s it for now. I’ll pop in and out when I have something to update. Feel free to leave your revision tips and character names in the comments, including your own name. I need names! Thanks for reading!

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1 thought on “Week 4: Chase the Ace is a NaNoWriMo winner!

  1. Characters: Bernice Tremblay
    Bernadette Morris
    John Gallagher
    Maurice Neville

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