Monday, December 6, 2010

National Novel Writing Month 2010

I said I would do a NaNoWriMo wrap-up post and here it is - finally.  The goal of the challenge is to write a 50,000 word novel during the thirty days of November.  Well, the first draft of said novel, anyway.  That amounts to 1,667 words per day to win the challenge.  This really shouldn't be a difficult task for me since I write all the time anyway.  Let me just say it was by sheer bull headedness that I won the NaNoWriMo challenge this year.  I am proud that I won (at 51,852 words) and know that I will do this again next year.

All of that being said - NaNo was a heck of a ride for me this year.  First of all - I tried writing a novel with some science fiction twists as a main part of the story.  Science fiction is not my normal writing genre.  Now I know why.  LOL I stuck with it and I am glad that I tried something new but next year I'll stick with what I know and love.

In addition to writing a foreign-to-me genre my family had a rather time consuming (and exhausting) health issue to deal with.  It was just a heck of a month.  It really showed me what it will be like to be on a strict writing deadline and still have everyday life to deal with.  I mean that in the best way as my family always comes first for me.  I just mean that I feel I got a taste of what my life will be like when I'm living my writing dream full time.  Chaotic but worth every single moment.


  1. Congratulations on your achievement! :)

  2. Congrats on winning NaNo and taking another step closer to your dream! That's awesome. :) And you're right: real life is messy and chaotic, and we have to make time for what's important to us. Your family is always tops, of course, but writing has to be right up there, too. Way to go!

  3. Thanks Trisha and Meg! I really appreciate your encouragement! :)