Monthly Archives: December 2010

My NaNoWriMo Died

Last Tuesday marked the official end of this year’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Mine had already died. Well, died is kind of harsh. Or not. I just don’t like it. Dwindled, that’s a better word. My NaNoWriMo had already dwindled. On November 1, I oozed optimism and 50,000 words in a month sounded more than reasonable. At least possible. I’d done a bare character sketch of my protagonist and I was going to wing the rest of it. Cute, huh?

It can be done. Many NaNoWriMo participants do it every year. It’s just… that’s not MY personality. I don’t “wing” it. I’m a calculated risk taker, a planner and more specifically an outliner. Week one flew by, I felt great that I was getting so much writing done. Week two was a little slower, but still moving along. Then week three hit, I had written myself into corner.  And I had no idea how Baby was going to get out.

Before I knew it, November was over. I hadn’t made any more progress, never uploaded a word of what I had done. This was my first attempt at writing a novel. Now I see that the time constraint and the foreign writing process may not have been the best of ideas. No matter, I actually started my novel instead of continuously talking about starting it.  Looking at what I’ve already done, I can’t walk away. My first NaNoWriMo might have been a bust, but that doesn’t mean my first novel has to be one too. That brings me here.

I’ve given myself a year to complete what I started. This blog is a means of record and accountability for that journey.What I’m reading, what I’m writing, what I’m learning and not too much griping. I hope to have lots of fun and perhaps stumble across others in similar pursuits. Wish me luck ! 😉