So another NaNo has come and gone. And here are my results!
17,000*/50,000 words written
*I didn’t write 17,000 words exactly. I’m rounding. Down.
Do I hear you asking why I didn’t finish my word goal? The reason is quite simple. I’m surprised, in fact, that I didn’t anticipate it at the beginning of the month.
I got bored.
Or more accurately, I realized that NaNo meant my hobby was becoming my job. And I didn’t like that. See, writing three pages a day is great! But it’s pretty darned hard to do every single day without burning out. And so while I didn’t quit writing, I did decide around the 15th that 50,000 words was pushing it. Still, I don’t view this year’s NaNo experience as a failure. . . but more on that below.
6 chapters completed
Woohoo! Did you hear that? I wrote 6 chapters in a single month! I’ve never completed that many chapters in that short a time span before. So that was a total success in my eyes! And which leads me to my next point.
10% of the plot finished
This year, contrary to the slapdash way I am used to writing stories, I plotted everything out in the two days before NaNo began.
5 out of 30** characters named
Much thanks to Cloud (Cloud’s World Of:) and Koko (Lollipops and Rainbows) for helping me with names. My name-list has grown to double the length thanks to you two! *hugs* Now I must find names for the remaining characters. . . .
22 games of Mah-Jong played
Mah-Jong, obviously, is a vital part of my writing process. It’s also one of the few games installed on my laptop, originally because I thought it wouldn’t distract me too much from writing. (I was wrong.)
Was it a success? Undoubtedly so! Though I failed to reach my word goal, I actually wrote something on the book 27/30 days. . . which is more than I have managed to do in the last few months. So rather than looking at it like I’ve “lost” NaNoWriMo this year, I think I’ve won much more. Namely, I found my love for writing fantasy again–and that is something I’m grateful for.
How did your NaNo project go this year? Any things you’d like to do differently next year?