We’re well out of November, and way past the deadline that marked the end of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month.
Do you know your word count? How successful were you in achieving the vaunted 50k word goal?
Did angst get the best of you, and now you have patches in your hair and chronic nosebleeds because you could only manage, at best, half of the 1,700 words/day needed to break the 50k mark?
It’s okay…breathe…and focus….
As of November 30, 2010, my final word count was 21, 409 words. I fell far short of the mark.
I could make excuses, but I’m not. Instead, I’m reaching out to the community (That’s You!). I’ve always been a slow writer (I mean, look at the posting record for this blog) , averaging at most 1000 words/ day, and at times I find the space to write 100. 1,700 a day is a bit challenging, and it took a lot of time and ignoring of the nagging urge to go back and edit sentences and trim fat. I’m a bit disappointed, yes, but definitely not to the point where I’m giving up. I’ll probably do NaNoWriMo again next year, this time going into it with (hopefully) more time to devote to writing and a better understanding of how things tend to work. I haven’t stopped writing, though, and the novel that I began during NaNoWriMo is still being added to, even today.I hope to be done wit something substantial by next November so that I won’t have to drop everything and NaNo when the time comes around. I heard that’s a bad idea, and I agree.
Question: Did you complete NaNoWriMo? How much did you write? Do you feel like it taught you anything significant about the writing process? What strategies helped you reach the 50,000 word mark?