04:31:54 pm on December 1, 2011 |
I did not win, in the traditional sense, but as I said in the begining of this chaotic challenge that the goal wasn’t to reach fifty thousand words. It was to reach as many words as I could. Though my badge doesn’t say WINNER on it, I feel like one because I made a vast improvement on last year’s attempt.
Last year’s NANO : 25 thousand words
This year’s NANO: 45 thousand words
That is a 20 thousand word improvement from last novemeber and only 5 thousand away from the win!
If only there were 31 days in November.
Lessons I learned about myself this month:
1) I averaged around 1,400 words a day
2) I become less productive after 4 hours of writing
3) I only broke 5 thousand words in a day on the last day of the month
4) After 3 thousand words my brain needs day dreaming time to refresh
5) Going to local write-ins was what made me more accountable to write more (also the cookies didn’t hurt)
6) I have an affinity for rubber ducks… they are like motivational mojo
In a nut shell, with full time work, school, 2 birthdays, and thansgiving I was able to knock out 45 thousand words and I am super darn proud of that even without my winners badge… Year 1 only made it half way through, Year 2 I was only 5k away from the winner’s mark, next year will be the year I WIN! It’s all about build up and a drive to succeed.
Did you make the 50k words in a month?
If you did, pat yourself on the back, take a nap, and let the crazy drain from your system for a couple of days then get back on that band wagon.
If you didn’t, like me, ask yourself, ‘Did I write more this month than I would have other wise?”
If the answer is YES to that question then even without the goal of 50k you, my friend, are just as winnerific as the best of them. Not all of us can plug out 1000 words in 10 minutes like some crazy peeps I’ve seen in some word sprints…
It boggled my mind then and it boggles my mind now.
Now just because the month of national writing is officially kicked, stomped, and flogged for the year of 2011 writing is not just a fleeting thing, so gather some fellow peeps and set a monthly date to keep plugging away.
Who says your novel has to end at fifty thousand words?
This challenge isn’t over yet, I haven’t finished the story… so my goal for the month of December is to get a finished first draft… so HERE is to another 30 thousand words of MAYHEM!
More Rubber ducks.
More sleepless nights.
~ The Glitter LadyAdvertisements