While a lot of writers, myself included, have made up their own rules for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, the original goal of this challenge is to write 50,000 words in one month—November. I did not write 50K last month, so did I win NaNo?
I’ve decided that yes, I did. I won NaNo. Not in the “official” sense, but I wrote more words last month that I do in a typical month and that was with taking the entire week of Thanksgiving off, juggling open enrollment, and attending a brother’s wedding. Yeah...November is probably one of the worst months to attempt this kind of writing challenge, but I’m glad I did because I love the community of NaNo, and I love cheering other writers on.
The way I see it: we’re all just trying to do a little bit better each day. In November, I did a little bit better, which makes me a winner. And it makes everyone who accomplished word goals in November winners.
Something struck me as I was reading different authors’ responses to their NaNo results: I am writing my 15th book. That means I’ve completed 14 books. I don’t have to write 50K in one month because I’ve already proven time and time again that I can complete a story. I have no doubt the novel I started last month will be complete within the next couple of months and ready for editing and publication not long after that. It’s a story I’m really looking forward to sharing with my readers, which leaves me, on December 6th:
- 38,000 words into a new novel
- Excitement and passion for this story
- A goal to have the first draft done by the end of January
- Contentment with participating in NaNo along with dozens of writer friends
What’s December 6 looking like for you? Are you content with where you’re currently at and where you’re headed?