Monday, 1 December 2014

Hearty Offtopic: On NaNoWriMo, or how I disappeared for a month

Hello. Long time no see. A whole month, to be precise.
It's because this past month I've been NaNoing.
What is NaNoWriMo? Let them explain.
Basically, NaNo is an excuse for people to write that novel they've always wanted to write but never had the time to write. And it's a very motivational excuse.
For me, participating was a very last minute decision.
I've always had writing tendencies, stories in my head and stuff, but it was only recently that I started taking it more seriously and saying 'right, these stories in my head aren't gonna write themselves.' So I started learning how to do this thing properly, reading advice (both good and bad, because you can never tell one from the other before you've actually read it) and the like. But I still didn't think I was ready for some madness like this. I thought I couldn't do more than 500 words at a time before my head started 'going'. I had it in my head that I am a very slow writer.
Then, suddenly, I don't remember if it was on October 30th or 31st, but that was when something in my head clicked and I went 'you know what, I'm gonna do this thing.' So I went to the website and registered myself and my novel project.
Mostly, the reason for my being so bold all of a sudden was how ridiculously encouraging Neil Gaiman and Marissa Meyer always are. Particularly Marissa, NaNo lover extraordinaire, with her posts about her creative process and her participating too, is roughly 80% to blame for it. Also partly to blame are the friends of mine who heard my story idea and got excited and told me they wanted to read it.
So I wrote. And I beat my own wordcount records, and I learnt, and I improved (I want to think), and proved to myself I could really do this thing.
Those were my personal goals for the month, and I fulfilled them basically in the first week. But by the end of the first week I was so behind that I felt like the goal of the challenge itself was too much for me and I'd never reach it. Though, since I had already fulfilled my own goals, I was OK with not getting the 50K words on time. I thought I'd be fine with getting them one week late or whatever.
That was when I was 3000 words behind the challenge target and writing about 800 words a day. At my worst, I was about 8000 behind the target, but I was still not giving it up, I was finishing even if I finished late.
On November 29th, I wrote 4148 words. On November 30th, I closed my NaNo at 50446 total words.
Yeah, I won NaNo.
(Mind, this isn't a one-person-wins kind of thing, everybody who gets 50K by November 30th is an official win. Also the people who don't get an official win still get an unofficial win, because trying counts for a lot.)
And I didn't just win the challenge, of course. I won a whole lot of confidence, and also a lot of writing speed, I mean I would've never thought at the beginning of the month that I'd be able to do 4000 words in a day.

So yeah, that's what I've been doing this month. Now hopefully the blog will go back to its scheduled program. Which is unscheduled random posting whenever I feel like it's been too long since I posted something, basically.
Blog things to look forward to: actually, I don't know. Only thing I know for sure is coming right up is the overdue (oops) review of Eliza Crewe's Crushed.

Also, a last note: while I did get my 50K and won the challenge...the story's not finished yet. HA.

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