Sunday, November 29, 2009

NaNoWriMoFAIL

Today is officially the last day of November 2009, which means one thing... Word count verification day.

Will I be verifying my word count, you may be wondering? Will I be getting my congratulations for writing 50K in one month?

Uh. No. I hit 16,000 words and then stopped. Well, not completely true. I didn't just stop. Yesterday I wrote about 6 words... but then I deleted about 3 of those. None of my NaNo buddies hit their words either - I think I may have fallen in with the wrong crowd.

Haha, just kidding. But seriously, last year's NaNoWIN went a little better for me than this year's fail, but if you're wondering if I feel like a failure, the answer is NOPE! I really love my story (pssssst! If you are wondering what I'm writing, its a modern YA urban fantasy retelling of Sleeping Beauty) and can't wait to work on it in the evenings when the girls are in bed. But one thing to note, my book does not want to be rushed. Meaning, sitting down and churning out 50K worth of crap (the point of NaNo) is not my book's idea of a good time.

With that said, I still think NaNoWriMo is an awesome thing to participate in. Believe me, I'll try again next year, because what it does, is gets me sitting in my seat, typing when I would ordinarily be watching a Gossip Girl marathon on TV and binge-eating on pumpkin pie. And not only that, but it keeps me writing, even when I think my writing sucks (like just about most of the time) because hitting the word count is more important during the month of November, than writing quality material.

To all the NaNoWINers out there, a heartfelt congratulations! Hitting that word count is hard, and you deserve a HURRAH! And to all the NaNoFAILures out there... meh, join the club. And hopefully I'll see you again next year!

xoxo,

7 comments:

Leah said...

Keep working on that story - I'm sure it will turn out great!

Oh Mandie! said...

The more time you spend on it, the more awesome your story will be ... so I guess I'm happy that you failed!

The Momma said...

Ahhhh, misery loves company! I thought about sitting here all day and typing til my fingers fell off, but I too would rather make my story good! I'll be back next year to try again though!

Cori Lynn Berg said...

Congrats on celebrating your failure! Something good always comes out of those things....

DancingMooney ♥ said...

I'm one of those low bar writers who has no formal training. LOL. But I really only write when I feel like it, and when something comes to mind. Kudos to you for not rushing, something beautiful will evolve when the time is right.
;)

AlyGatr said...

Yep...failure here. I think they are cruel for making NaNoWriMo in Novermber! Just too much going on. I plan to keep writing once the holiday rush has calmed down. I bet your story is going to be awesome whenever it is done!

Karen Faulkner said...

I only got to about 7,000 words, but hey, it was my first time and at least I got started! To be continued...

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