On Not Completing NaNoWriMo and Why I’m Okay With That

November started off strong for me. I was getting my words in most days or catching up easily on days I didn’t. As with most creative endeavors, life can get in the way. Unfortunately, that was the case for me this year. I did not win NaNoWriMo, but I gave it my all and I feel good about the progress I did make, which was just under 44,000 words out of the 50,000 goal. I was close.

During the latter half of the month, I got a new job. It’s a job I wanted for a while. The excitement of that sort of took over for a while and I lost focus of my word count goals in order to focus on getting things ready, giving notice to my current workplace, and overall trying not to freak out too badly over a large life change such as this. After the initial swell, I got back on track for my word count. I had a couple of really hardcore writing nights where I spent hours doing word sprints through the NaNoWriMo Sprints Twitter and I got mostly caught up. I thought nothing would stop me from hitting my goal.

But then I got sick the last week of November. Right during the time I should have been writing the most and passing the finish line, I was emptying boxes of tissue and staring out at the world dumbfounded through watery eyes. My head was in such a fog that I couldn’t focus on writing, at least not good writing, so by that point I had resigned myself to the loss.

And I’m okay with that! Sure, I was a little bit disappointed. Winning was certainly my goal. It’s hard to feel too badly about my story at this point though. I made a lot of progress with my characters and the story is one that I think is really unique and interesting. I should be able to have it finished and ready to edit it early next year.

I worked really hard in November, and now that it’s over I want December to be a month of focusing on my new job, and relaxing throughout the holiday season. I have some exciting posts planned for this month including an unboxing and review of The Nocturnal Reader’s Box which should ship out to me any day now.

A huge congratulations to everyone who finished NaNoWriMo this year. I know it was not an easy task, and you should be so proud.

See you next time!


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