Wednesday, December 1, 2010

How I Won NaNoWriMo (Even Though Technically, I Lost)

NaNoWriMo. November: An entire month-long endeavor where people stress themselves silly to churn out 50,000 words that may or may not be entirely crappy; An entire month of dutiful plotting, writing, character development, and slaving away at a keyboard.

An entire month of writing for the first time in my life and while I didn't reach the desired 50,000 words, I still loved it.

My first NaNo endeavor did not conclude with a shiny winner's badge (it didn't conclude with a loser's badge either - the above was all my doing), but I did wind up churning out over 30,000 words that I don't hate. I somehow began a story that I enjoyed writing and even though it dramatically changed at the halfway point, I still like that story. And I plan on finishing it...eventually.

NaNoWriMo taught me that it is entirely possible to write a novel in a month. It may not be something for the sane to do, but it's fun to be a part of a community of writer's who all have the same goal: to write a novel in a month.

My WIP is nowhere near finished, nor is it even well-written at this point. I still have tons of work to do on it, including writing the second half, but I've learned more about myself as a writer and what I need to do to put a story to paper. So, I will continue to write this crazy WIP of mine, maybe after some serious plotting I'll get it right.

For all of those who won NaNo, CONGRATS! It's awesome that you were able to write 50,000+ words in a month. And for those of you who lost NaNo, CONGRATS! It's phenomenal that you took that leap and attempted it. Keep writing, I know I will =)

5 comments:

La Coccinelle said...

I wish I could have done NaNo this year. Or any year, really. There's always something else to do...

Congrats on sticking with it! 30,000 words is nothing to sneeze at. It's 30,000 words that you didn't have in October!

brandileigh2003 said...

You rock for even trying!

Sarah said...

Congrats on NaNoWriMo 30,000. I did it last year, but I couldn't manage it this year. So, you're 30,000 steps above me.

However, I do take issue with one comment- "people stress themselves silly to churn out 50,000 words that may or may not be entirely crappy." From what I have heard/seen, every bit of anyone's NaNoWriMo, especially when you finish all 50,000 (and thus have to rush even more), every bit of it is crap. Mine was no exception- completely dreadful.

So, the fact that you have 30,000 words that you don't hate deserves an extra congratulations.

Melissa said...

Progress is progress, Nikki! 30,000 is quite a feat...especially if you like what you wrote! Great job :D

Bere said...

You did a fabulous job, Nikki! 30,000 is quite a number and a very good reason to celebrate. So definitely keep at it and good luck with your WIP! =)

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