I could sum up this post in a word and simply say ‘no’, but that wouldn’t make for a very good blog post, would it? So instead I’m going to draw it out and say no in a much more convoluted fashion.
If you don’t already know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it takes place in November each year. You win by writing 50,000 words towards a novel or any other creative writing project during the month.
This month I planned a little in advance. I had characters, a setting, a general plot and I was feeling good. And then on October 29th I chucked it all out the window and decided I didn’t like my idea. So I started afresh and things went well for a while. My novel really picked up momentum and I was enjoying writing fiction like I never have before.
Then my parents visited for a week and it was my birthday and life just in the way a little. At one point I was writing 2,500 words a day just to keep up but I was still falling behind and I just felt totally disillusioned with my plot. By the end of the month I’d managed just short of 24,000 words.
To start with I was a bit upset. I’d wanted to reach 50,000. However, on reflection, I’m really happy with what I achieved. I’ve never written anything like 24,000 words. I don’t think I’ve ever even reached 10,000 words of a novel so really I should be proud of myself.
Along the way I learnt a lot about how hard novel writing is, not to mention all of the editing that was around the corner and I certainly improved my writing by managing to write almost every day. And in the meantime I’ve bene playing around with a few new novel ideas so by the time the next NaNoWriMo comes around, I might have even managed to write more than 50,000 words of something. Who knows.
One thing I’ve definitely gained from this year’s NaNoWriMo is a new found love of fiction writing. Whilst I’ve dabbled in the past, I never thought writing a novel was really possible for me, but now I’m determined to make it a reality.
Did you take part in NaNoWriMo 2017? Let me know in the comments.