First of all, a big hello to all my new followers!
Ok, now onto the meat of the post. NaNoWriMo. I’m happy to say that, for the first time, I actually hit the 50,000 goal working only on the one WIP. In previous years, I’ve counted essays, blog posts, hell, even shopping lists, to try to meet my targets, so I was super pleased with my efforts this year.
I’m certain that the main reason for hitting my goal is that I actually took the time to plan this year. Sure, the plan only lasted me the first ten days and then I was back to my pantster ways but I think I got to around 23,000 in that time.
The second reason I hit my goal is that, where I live, November 1st is a public holiday so I had a full day, straight off the bat, to get those words down. Obviously, not everyone is able to do that but if I hadn’t, there is no way I would have finished this year.
The third reason is that, having tried NaNo a few times before, I could look back on my stats and see where I flagged. It seems to happen around day 10 without fail, and this year was no different but I planned for it, adjusting my word counts for those days so I wouldn’t be disheartened and put off if I didn’t make the 1,667.
NaNo is, more than anything else, a mind game. Yes, I’m please that I won but will I do it again? Maybe not. Looking back on November, all I remember is a stressful blur and a constant feeling of being one edge. What hit me most at the end of November was not euphoria but, to be honest, just relief and a sense of purposelessness. What to do with all the time I spent writing? Write more? (Hell, no. That’s not how my brain works! Thanks, brain)
Now, the time which, in November, I sacrificed on the altar of the NaNo gods is now being gambled away on Netflix binges and weekend sleep-ins. And I’m happy with that. I learnt a lot from NaNo this year, about myself and my writing, about what I’m able to do and the price of those undertakings.
What was your experience with NaNo like this year? Did you reach your goals?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.