Well, we did it. NaNoWriMo.
50,000 words (in Sherylyn’s case, 60,000) of two novels that have some promise.
Both of us did it easier than we expected. It was mostly a case of bums-on-seats and don’t talk to anyone until we had finished our allocated words. Due to other commitments on the first weekend we both got behind. Sherylyn took a little over a week to catch up, and I took most of the month but, even so, it wasn’t too hard. If we were writing full-time we figure we could both manage 50,000 words a month on a first draft without any stress.
This is the first time we have ever done any real writing together that wasn’t on the same manuscript. Our writing styles turn out to be quite similar in that neither of us do much planning, we let the story take us where we want to go and let our subconscious work on it when we’re not at the keyboard. (Although I have to say my consciousness was not as sub as Sherylyn’s. I did envision scenarios more rather than just let the whole story percolate the way she did.)
Sherylyn turned out to be a much faster writer than me, which surprised both of us. I don’t know why, but we both expected me to be the one to waltz through the process with ease. It physically takes me longer to write the same amount of words.
I got one story out of it which I like a lot, although it’s nowhere near finished at 50,000 words. Sherylyn got a story which she’s busy revising now, plus she also got an idea for a second story (which I love) which she’s writing in between polishing bits of her NaNo novel.
All up, it’s been fun and tremendously productive.