NaNoWriMo 2016: A Review

December 8, 2016


NaNoWriMo 2016 officially ended 7 days, 12 hours, and 53 minutes ago (as of this writing).


So now seems like the perfect time for a recap post!


If you’ll remember, I decided to challenge myself to something I was affectionately calling #2books1month. And if you don’t remember, it was my silly little goal to write 100K words over two different story ideas for the month of November.


I failed.


Not NaNoWriMo. You can’t fail NaNoWriMo unless you don’t try.


No, I failed #2books1month.


My initial reaction is to blame it on being ill with the flu for about half the month of November. (This made Thanksgiving significantly less fun because my taste buds were way off. Screw #2books1month, this is the true travesty of the month for me.)


The problem, of course, is that I’m a writer and, realistically, it doesn’t take much energy to sit my bum in a La-Z-Boy and type on my laptop. It does, however, take a lot of brainpower! Brainpower I didn’t feel I had for a multitude of reasons, only one of which being that I was sick.


No, I failed #2books1month because I let work and family and vacations take up my time.


And that’s okay! If I had a do-over, I’d make the exact same choices.


That’s what I want to tell you today. If you didn’t “cross the finish line,” if you didn’t write a total of 50K words, if you didn’t even come close – that’s okay! The fact you tried, that you wrote at all, that’s a success. That’s what NaNoWriMo is all about. We (you, me, all of us) succeeded! And hopefully we all made some more writer friends along the way.


As for me, I’m going to be continuing on my Young Adult adventure novel about pirates for the month of December. If I’m lucky, I’ll finish the first draft this month. Then I’ll print and bind it, and it will rest happily in my bottom desk drawer for two months before seeing the light of day to begin work on Draft Two.


Comment below and let me know what your plans are for December! Happy writings, everyone!

1 Comment on “NaNoWriMo 2016: A Review

  1. That’s the mantra I give almost everyone who is struggling with NaNo. You started, and you’ve gotten further than most anyone who has the idea “I want to write a novel” ever will. Which is always the important part in my opinion.

    My plans for December have not included a bunch of writing. But I have taken a bunch of notes down in a fancy notebook I’ve converted to my “stories I want to write and may one day actually get to some” notebook. I’m hoping to get started on some of them in January!

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