I know it isn’t quite the end of the month yet, but I also know that my first attempt at NaNoWriMo is a sinking ship at this point. But you know what? I’m okay with it. Surprisingly okay with it, actually. The outcome was hardly as victorious as I had hoped for, but it was a valuable learning experience none the less.
This month wound up being much busier than I had anticipated and I didn’t quite figure out how to manage my time properly until it was too late. Of course I plan to continue writing and next year I’ll don my warpaint and try again. (And hopefully do a LOT more writing and learning between now and then.)
Epic fantasy writer, Patrick Rothfuss, wrote a great piece about his first attempt at NaNoWriMo back in 2011. One has to appreciate his honesty and wit when reading it. Plus, he included this amazing achievement for all us losers out there! 😉
So, despite knowing that I will not complete the 50,000 word challenge this year on my first attempt, I know that I will continue writing. I will also try again next year, and prepare for it better. I’ll know how to manage my time better and I’ll hopefully have learned more about writing between now and then to be better equipped in taking on the beast that is NaNoWriMo. Best of luck to the rest of you out there who are getting so close to your 50,000 words. I look forward to trying again next year. 🙂