I didn’t want to write this article, because I’ve barely written a thing since day 9. That’s not what these updates are supposed to be about, though—me presenting myself as the flawless writer-beast I wish I was…
Words flow out of my mind and into the typewriter like tendrils of smoke from an extinguished cigarette. I am Creativity, I am Poise.
…rather than the flawed-but learning creature I currently am.
Where did all these crumbs come from? Man, these keys are filthy! Well, better clean those before I write anything!
So in the interests of full disclosure, here goes: my word count for the month, which should be nearly 60 000 by now if I’d hit my goals every day, is barely over 10 000. Try as I might to appreciate the fact that I have 10 000 words written of my novel that I didn’t have in October, I kept feeling like I’d let myself down by not ‘winning’ NaNoWriMo—and that’s ridiculous.
20% on your first go isn’t terrible, and I do intend to write for the next two days, whether I can ‘win’ or not. Because I like my story, and I like working on my story, instead of making excuses or doing other things. Because NaNoWriMo is a challenge, not a test. It’s about trying to learn to be better, not feeling bad because you didn’t do everything right the first time. I’m going to try and look at the positive things I’ve achieved this month, and use that motivation to keep the momentum up on my longer writing pieces, and I encourage you to do the same.
In no particular order, then, here are the things I’m happy with from my first NaNoWriMo experience.
•I’ve never tried the challenge before, statistically speaking, this is my best NaNoWriMo ever.
•10 000 words is not an insignificant start to a novel, I can use what I’ve started to grow and flesh out my story into something human beings would pay to read.
•My health issues were unavoidable, and while I wish I’d managed to write in spite of them, I barely managed to brush my teeth, and I’ve been doing that a lot longer than I’ve been writing¹.
•I had about six solid days of writing, when I didn’t just hit my goals, I exceeded them without trying. Days when I could have made excuses not to write, and I didn’t. I’m proud of that.
What about you, did any of you participate in NaNoWriMo this year? How did you do? Are you still aiming to hit 50 000 word? Did you hit 50 000 days ago like the overachievers on instagram? Let me know in the comments below.