Convenient that the first Wednesday of the month is also the first of the month; I only have to do one post to say I’m gonna be gone for November to do NaNoWriMo again!
As to this month’s question, I’ve almost always finished my NaNo project, during NaNo, but I’ve never published anything. (Though I went half-way twice. My first NaNo project (2011) I briefly self-published through LeanPub, but I’ve since taken it down because it was just utter rubbish. And then last year’s project was fanfic, which I’ve posted on AO3, which is as close to publishing as fanfic gets without having its serial numbers filed off.) The one NaNo project I never finished was 2015’s. I didn’t finish it during November (despite hitting 82k) and though I tried to limp along with it in December, I eventually realized that the leads, who originated in the previous year’s NaNo as dead backstory characters, just didn’t fit the novel, as I was setting the interesting displaced in time/sci-fi story aside in order to focus on a rather tepid and unrealistic romance. Once I came to that realization, I decided the thing to do was to stop, to move the characters to (another) new work that would be focused on their love story and almost nothing else, and to re-write the sci-fi story with new leads who were already a couple. I was doing pretty well on the almost-nothing-but-the-romance book, until I saw Velvet Goldmine, and descended into the fanfic pit from which I have not emerged until, well, today. (Because my NaNo project this year is not fanfic. Even if the story idea originally started out as a steampunk Velvet Goldmine alternate universe fanfic…)
I’m gonna be gone for NaNo until December. Like always.
I think I won’t even bother keeping up with the Missing Letter Monday posts. They’ve been pretty lame lately, anyway. Better to just set them aside until I have some time to work on them properly.