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Nanowrimo Finished on a Cliffhanger: 11/27/07
Today I wrote myself cross-eyed by pounding through 4,500 words bringing my total to 50,523 words. I am once again a Nanowrimo winner and I am glad to be taking a break from Tangent. Sam and Joseph ended up being two of the most intense characters I have ever written and they have worn me out.
Around the time I wrote my last post about Tangent, I realized I would only be halfway through my novel by the time I reached the minimum fifty thousand requirement for Nanowrimo.
Rather than stress myself out with trying to finish ninety or so thousand words by November 30th, Ian suggested I "cliffhanger out" the story saving the second half for next year's Nanowrimo project. After mulling on his suggestion for a week and realizing I could easily fill fifty thousand words with just the first half of the plot I saw the wisdom of Ian's suggestion.
Next year's sequel will be called Secant. Ian and came to the same logical conclusion for the title. It will cover Sam and Joseph's travels below the surface of Hale. The year will give me time to learn more about things like battleships, industrial design, warfare, architecture and so forth.
Congratulations on finishing!"
I noticed that you had finished. I too had a real need to finish today: I have a magazine article due on 1st Dec. and have to finish my own markeroni challenge!
I'm really happy at how it ended -- I probably have at least a very long short story in there -- and there's a possibility of a sequel too.
Congratulations! You are an inspiration."
Woo-hoo! Congrats on finishing! I love the cliffhanger idea--very clever. :)"