Is It Cheating?

Yesterday, I typed ‘the end’ on my Language of the Spirit NaNoWriMo project.

Huzzah, right? Not really. *sound of dying trumpets*

I’m about 7800 words short of the 50K goal.

The story’s done. Beginning, middle, end. Arcs bent over themselves into a lovely rainbow. Tiny subplots that give depth, not distraction. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ What more, man?

I am in the process of printing the novella out and going through to see if there are any gaps in sensory detail, world-building to engage, or maybe a character to clothe. Almost 8k is a huge amount to try and stretch like too-small leggings. Let’s be honest, it’s subplot length, but I don’t want to add a subplot if it’s just filler!

I’ve also been continuing my work on the 52Saturdays still-unnamed blog serial. I could use some of that word count toward the NaNo win since it’s still writing, and I did complete a manuscript. Would that be cheating? Is there such a thing as cheating if you’re writing?

Speaking of cheating!

If you find yourself unable to write that last chapter because your brain freezes up, I discovered a hack.

Skip the next-to-last chapter, write the last chapter (which is now not the last chapter), and then write the next-to-last chapter (which also isn’t the last chapter).

Brains are weird.

6 thoughts on “Is It Cheating?

  1. i’d be a whole lot less worried about the word count and over the moon at having completed a work that is……
    complete!
    not so sure about the brain hack, but i do have to go out of order sometimes in order to jumpstart myself.
    i should be doing that right now since i’m in a … grrr…. not-writing phase. i hate them.
    lemme ask you something- do you add denouements to your pieces? i love them and put ’em in almost every time, but my critique group suggested on my last submitted piece that it was fine, but worked just as well without.
    it’s a darling that’s very hard to kill, but i’m trying to make myself contemplate it.
    khairete
    suz

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    1. Do you mean a few final chapters tying up loose ends or more like based-on-true-crime narrative like:
      Bailey served two more years at Beacon State before being released for good conduct. She now breeds porgs and volunteers at her local animal shelter.?

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      1. Oh, those are fun to do. I understand why you have the urge. I tired with this on my historical fantasy, but ultimately went with one focused, emotional chapter from the main pov character.
        I think if it fits with the tone of the rest of the piece, it’s probably fine. It could become your signature epilogue! 😊

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