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JUNCTION Writing Report and NaNoWriMo 2017

Wii, look at me! I’m writing here again (probably because I’m not writing on any other blog, I guess (≧∇≦)) because I have finished the first story of the year, a yakuza novel called Junction. This is a rewrite of an old fanfic I wrote a lifetime ago playing with the idea of Stockholm syndrome and the fine line between right and wrong. This story is a bit more mature and darker, and I like that. However, I feel there is something off with the whole thing. I am toying with the idea of giving it to someone for them to have a look and tell me, but I’m pretty sure that the weaknesses are rooted on the couple of parts when I went off script.


I built the timeline and the character transformation card. I created a new female character because there was a definite lack of female representation. I also got myself an actual villain too, and made the line between good and bad blurry, with some cops doing some bad things and the yakuza doing some good things.

IN-NANO 2017

With my wrist problems getting steadily worse, NaNoWriMo 2017 was a painful affair. Thus I made sure to limit writing sessions to 30 minutes and space them around. That worked, mostly, except on the first day that I always push it a little (because it is a holiday here). I did 25.5k on the first, 5.5k on the second, 7.7k on the third and the fourth was a Saturday so I pushed to the 50 k. after that I stayed on the 2ks for around ten days and then went down according to the averages I needed to get to 100k by the end of the month (average + 100 words of buffer was the goal). In the end I distributed around 80 half-hours to writing throughout the month, 10.5 hours on the first. I recorded the wrist pain (WP in red in one of the graphs) on a scale from 0 to 10, but I guess I only hit between 1 and 9.

Throughout NaNo I did not deviate from the timeline much, except to add a mini extra subplot for the female character in order to get her out of the environment – aka I had her go out on a date and drooled at the menus in the Shinjuku Hyatt restaurants (≧∇≦)

Wordcount wise this NaNo does not make it into the top three. It definitely was in the top three in effort though – probably the hardest. I was close to quitting and (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ more than a few times. I did not in the end but maybe I should have.

Averaging, I wrote around 1300 words per session of around 30 minutes, give or take both words and minutes. The number of words by day varies wildly according to the number of sessions so this is the most representative number in the whole process.

Here you have got some graphics.


I did some more writing in December. I was actually aiming to have the story wrapped up by the end of the year, but it just did not work out as other stuff came up. However it was here when I got off script and I spent a couple of weeks “stuck” on the same plot point writing things that the story was demanding. Change in point of view and events were what in the end caused some of the feared discrepancies and plot problems (remember the Koreans in the bedroom? That (≧∇≦) ).


I managed to finish the story on the 9th of January, changing the whole ending because I kinda skipped looking at plot points 68-70 for a while. There were many small changes from the original script that I’m happy with because they feel that they make much more sense. However there is still a bit of final knot -tying in the real ending – the last few paragraphs that make me feel that there is some more in-depth character exploration needed. So on one hand I’m happy it is done, on the other hand I feel that it needs ‘something’.


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