So NaNo is over and I’m happy because now I can stop feeling like a failure for not completing my 1600 words-a-day quota. There’s plenty of post-NaNo restrospecting going on, and some pretty cool virtual parties to attend, so even if you didn’t make the goal, there are ways to still feel good about participating in this insane endeavor.
My good writing buddy Elena Greene turned me onto the National Novel Finishing Month website. The idea behind NaNoFiMo is to give writers a challenge to finish a partially-written novel. Sounds like a good distraction from holiday bedlam to me.
This year I was a more careful with my NaNo writing in that I’d outlined an actual plot before I started, and upon reading over the draft I see that it doesn’t totally suck (funny how plotting helps). Last year’s NaNo draft had to be chucked en toto because it was ridiculous. There’s a canyon between cranking out words to meet a quota and writing usable prose that will become the foundations of a novel. I wanted the latter, and though I didn’t get anywhere near 50,000 words, I’m pretty happy with what I do have.
I’m seriously toying with signing up for NaNoFiMo. Anyone else crazy enough to join me?
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