NaNoWriMo fail

I’m holding up my hand and admitting defeat: I failed to complete NaNoWriMo on my first attempt. I have many excuses for this (various family crises and the ensuing jaunts around the country, Doctorate and work pressures), however I know others have plugged away and churned out thousands more words than I, in considerably more difficult personal circumstances. I fell shortly after the 7,000 word marker.

On the plus side, I really enjoyed the writing I did complete and fully intend to finish the book – just not within some arbitrary deadline. It was nice to have another creative outlet (I don’t really count my various expletive-ridden outbursts on Twitter) and in a way, quite relaxing, despite the time pressure.

I’ll definitely participate in NaNoWriMo 2010, by which point I’ll have completed the Doctorate and all will be well with the world. So mark it in your calendars, kids: a Grisham-beating blockbuster of a novel will be ready for publication late next year. Just you wait…

  1. That’s 7k more fiction than most people write all year and you did it in less than a month?

    Come on, now!

    One should not write fanfic during nano, although many do, but if your story was all original on top of that? You totally rock! Maybe next year, you’ll want to continue that story or even start a completely new one! Lots of people outline and do practice sessions (character studies, etc.) the other 11 months of the year. I prefer to sit down and proceed to vomit out whatever comes — which is why it’s all crap but hey, it’s my original crap 🙂

    I’m proud of you for trying it and happy that you found a new love!

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    1. Bless you, MT. And thank you for inspiring me to take part in the first place.

      A shame you’re so far away (geographically) – otherwise I bet we could have some excellent writing brainstorm sessions and whatnot.

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      1. Would be grand, yeah?

        Getting the feet wet and finding the water’s nice this year ain’t a bad thing, sir.

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