4 NaNos by Their Numbers and Lessons

NaNoWriMo is a week behind us now so I’m taking a last look back. Way back. Me and NaNo, we have something of a history, which NaNo often reminded me about this year. NaNo’s focus on numbers tells me I’ve participated and won four times and produced 410,682 words. Also, this year (at least this was the first I’d noticed it) they added Wordiest Novel (136,235) and Wordiest Day (7,638).

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month

I’m proud of those numbers, but they’re facts and don’t tell the individual stories of sacrifice, effort, and learning. Notice I didn’t say successes and failures. There’s no failure in great effort.

That isn’t to say there weren’t painful lessons along the way…

The beginning. I’d been wrestling with what I viewed as deficient writing and hadn’t written in months. I was in a bad funk, a low point. I literally decided to try NaNo thirty minutes before midnight on Halloween. I had—nothing. No outline, no characters … just the barest glimmer of an idea. I decided to not take it too seriously and have fun. Believe me, I needed to have fun.

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About Ontyre Passages

Alive and well in the Rocky Mountains. I'm a fantasy writer who also dabbles in poetry, short stories, and map making. My Ontyre tales are an alternative fantasy experience, the stories rich in mystery, adventure, and romance. Alternative fantasy? Not quite steampunk. Not quite gothic. In truth, the real magic is in those who discover what's within.
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