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).
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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