Another November, and another NaNoWriMo, is done and dusted. This was my fifth attempt and the first one I’ve actually “won” and even that claim is debatable by the purists. Since my first NaNo, attitudes have changed — there’s a lot less negativity towards those who personalise the challenge, or engage in it in a way which suits their lives and responsibilities. There’s a lot less pressure to “win”. And honestly, that is such a great thing because I almost gave up in the early years because I wasn’t doing NaNo “right”.
However, I’m persistent (some might say stubborn :P) and I kept going, kept participating, kept writing, kept aiming for that magic number because every year I learned something new — about writing, and about myself.
This year, despite not prepping as much as I would have liked, I did do some prep. This, combined with the fact that unlike previous years, I actually kept writing between Novembers, is likely why I managed to hit my target. I’m still very much a novice when it comes to structuring my time and corralling my writing efforts into some semblance of order. I jump between this and that, always coming back to Arrowsong to chip away at. Once that’s done (and I know I say it’s almost done at least twice a year), I’m not sure what I’ll do in the gaps between my other stories, tbh.
How did you find NaNoWriMo this year?
4 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Wrap-up”
This was my second year, but I did better than last year. I didn’t win, but I’m proud of how much I wrote and was able to dive into the characters and where I want the story to go.
That’s awesome! It took me about 4 years before I managed to “win” but any words on the page is a win 🙂
Congrats on your win! I have no idea how I ultimately did. I was working on an already WIP and was just counting the new section I was writing on it. After some syncing issues with my cloud service, I ended up opening a blank document and doing scenes when I wasn’t at home. The downside was I lost track of my word count. However, since words were put down, I consider that a win, even if it’s not an official win.
Yes 100% Any words are winning words and you should be super proud.