Just For Kicks is a weekly meme held by me, The Authoress, that lets us share whatever random thing we want--whether it's book related or not is up to you.
#14 - NaNoWriMo (Part III)
So here's me saying "so long" to NaNoWriMo 2011. This is my third year participating and this is the third year I haven't made my 50,000 work mark. Yes, enter my epic sigh of self-deprecation here. Thing is, for those of you who haven't done it should know, NaNoWriMo is hard. I mean, God. You're doing the decidedly stupid move of deciding to dedicate a whole month to getting 50,000 measly words down onto paper (or screen, whatever).
Still. I didn't actually make my goal, which saddens me just a bit. (The rest of me is relieved it's over.) I was determined going in to make it this year. I already had a story but I was planning on adding 50,000 words on top of that.
Good thing? I added 12,139 words I wouldn't otherwise have. I made some major breakthroughs in my story (with a little help from my critique partner) that would have come much, much later (if at all) if I hadn't been pushing it this month. Sure, I had a total of 15 days where my daily word count was 0. That's half the month right there. But that also means that I was writing the other half of the month.
So anyways. To recap, here's a summary of my doings: (as of November 28th)
- I had 15 days of 0 word count.
- 6 of those days I made it over the 1,000 word mark.
- I wrote 88 words on Thanksgiving day.
- My highest daily word count was 2,624 (on the 12th)
- Seeing my daily word count on a graph makes for a very pretty graph (if a bit sporadic).
- The only pep talks I read (provided by NaNoWriMo.org) were by Erin Morgenstern and Christopher Paolini. They were highly entertaining and inspiring.
- I found out I do my best writing when I'm stalling.
- I found out one of my main characters has a deadly fear of needles.
- I found out my main character can be very profound when she wants to.
- I found out that just staring at Novel Shortcuts by Laura Whitcomb will not make me a better writer.
- I found out that a school library is not, in fact, conducive to meeting one's daily word count. (Kudos if you actually know why.)
Yep. That's it for me.
Now, true. I still have three days left to fill and I know I will fill them with some type of word count. So by the end of this venture, I will inevitably have more than my current 12,139 words. I'm guessing that in the next three days I'll break 13,000, maybe 14,000 if I'm lucky.
Well, I think I'll make sugar cookies this weekend to celebrate my fine accomplishments.
What did you accomplish this NaNoWriMo season?