Hi, SEers! Mae here, with the welcoming message the insanity is almost over. Just today and tomorrow, and NaNoWriMo 2021 is a wrap. November 30th is right around the corner!
So how did you do?
At this point you’re either:
Typing like mad to reach 50K before the clock runs out.
Hit 50K earlier, and you’re sitting back with a smug grin.
Managed word count but nowhere near what you hoped to achieve.
Tossed in the towel but are glad you took a shot at participating.
You’re not going to hit 50K but made a good showing and are pleased with your results.
Thirty days of writing is a tough go-round, especially when you’re juggling other responsibilities—families, jobs, pets, Thanksgiving (for those in the U.S.), social media, and more. Regardless where you fall in the above list, you’re going to finish strong.
Sure, we’d all like to declare ourselves NaNoWriMo “winners” (or say we hit word count out of the ballpark if doing your own write-a-thon), but the reality is not everyone reaches the magic number. But—and this is a biggie—if you invested any time over and above your normal writing practices during this month, you gained something you didn’t have before.
Maybe you penned new scenes or chapters. Maybe your effort is barely salvageable (been there, done that), but you should never view any time spent writing as a negative. NaNoWriMo 2019 was a disaster for me. I hit 50K and “won” the month but was left with a cesspool of a manuscript. I had several good characters and a decent setting, but when it all came together—CATASTROPHE! I chalked it up to a fun (and stressful) experience and vowed someday I’d trot my characters out with a different plot.
Then something strange happened.
You know how they say distance brings clarity? In my case, it took two years of distance. Lately I’ve been thinking what I once viewed as a rickety manuscript, has a pretty solid foundation. I’m planning to glean through the mess I made and rewrite the story. In retrospect I actually like it. Just goes to show that finishing strong doesn’t always mean hitting a home run.
Now it’s time to fess up. How did you do? NaNoWriMo participants, did you hit 50K? Whether you’re an old timer or a newbie, did you enjoy the experience and would you do it again? If you didn’t participate, how did your writing go this month? Did you take advantage of all the writing mojo zinging about online?
Drop some thoughts in the comments below.
Ready, set, go!