So remember back at the halfway point when I was so optimistic? Yeah. I wrote about 4,000 words after that (probably the same day that I wrote that post), and then stopped.
Normally the reason I stop writing during NaNoWriMo is that I get bored with my story. This time it wasn’t that. This time life and other projects intruded. I hat to write my advent thing for Harmony & Co and I had to do some real work that just took all of my writing ability and time away. I know, excuses, excuses, excuses.
I was so hopeful after I had such a great start. And when I got to that 30,000-word mark and was still so interested in the story (I still am) I was just so excited to finally, FINALLY, win at NaNoWriMo. But it just didn’t happen. The last day I actually wrote anything on my project was November 21, and that was like 20 words.
But I’m not counting this as a failure like I normally do. Normally I have about 20,000 words of a story that I would never share with anyone because it’s just so bad. This year I have an excellent story that I’m going to get a beta for and actually start posting. I love the story and I’m excited about filling it out a bit and finishing it up. So, I may not have won from a word count perspective, but I won when it comes to getting a good story started. 38,000 words isn’t a bad start to a multi-chaptered fanfiction.
I always end these posts, as I did last year, with things that I’ve learned either about NaNoWriMo or about myself during the course of the month. I thought I’d do the same this year.
- Word Sprints work. If I can sit down and write for 30 minutes, I can write almost 2000 words. And if I do that, I’m almost always motivated to do another sprint.
- Writing with someone else as a buddy works. Megan, a social media friend, worked some sprints with me early in the month and I found it refreshing to have someone to sprint with. I’m competitive and while we never said it was a competition (because it wasn’t) I still felt the need to write more and more while on those sprints so that at the end I didn’t embarrass myself.
- Don’t post a fanfic midway through NaNoWriMo. Technically this is a lesson learned from last year. Last year I had a really good start and decided to post my story on FFnet. That led to too much pressure and the inevitable failure and abandonment of the story. Add into that once the story was abandoned I had disappointed the few readers that had latched onto the story.
- I’m still struggling with this one, but the lesson is “Don’t do multiple projects at the same time.” I’m doing NaNo, Quantum Bang, the Advent thing, plus I have a Castle WIP that has been sitting for over a month now. At least now that NaNoWriMo is over I can focus on the big one which is the Bang which is due in March.
I can’t wait until next year. I had a lot of fun this year despite the disappointing ending. I guess I’ll see if I can’t direct some of this enthusiasm into writing other things. How did you do in NaNoWriMo? Tell me in the comments I want to know!