So, it’s the final day of NaNoWriMo. I thought it was about time to go over my month long novel writing progress. I feel like I followed along my usual November course, almost as though it was ritual.
Around the end of October, I realised November would be starting soon. I start preparing for NaNo to begin and get excited by the prospect of having almost 90% of a first draft complete by the end of the month.
Two or three days into November, I remember NaNoWriMo and realise I haven’t done any work and so am a few thousand words behind.
A couple more days pass.
I then start writing and hit a decent word count for a day or two. I feel like I can catch up on what I missed and still see the month through.
I then find a new phone game or book or show and get completely wrapped up in it forgetting to write for a day or so.
I then realise how far behind on my word count I am and do the math on how many words per day will still see me hitting the 50,000 mark by months end… And then completely ignore doing any of the work.
Around that time I realise my birthday is about a week away and start getting depressed. I’m going to be another year older and still have nothing in my life to show for it.
Instead of thinking about stories, I think about everything that has gone wrong in my life – especially the most recent years.
I take a few days to be lazy on purpose as a way to celebrate my birthday.
I again do the math on how many words per day will get me to 50,000 words by the end of the month. Realise that it’s impossible for anybody to write that many words per day.
I then think, ‘who the hell cares about completing it by the end of the month anyway?’ and plan on just getting a decent amount of words written each day.
And then avoid doing anything until the month is over.
Was your NaNoWriMo as successful as mine?