I have finished NaNoWriMo 2013, the date November 14th. While I am extremely happy about this, two things need to be said. One is I wrote the words required to win but I am not claiming they are good words. Another thing is the book is not done. I need, in my mind, to add at least another 10-20k to make this book complete. So as the rest of the month winds down I will be adding but at a slower pace. I am proud of myself. When I started NaNo in 2011 for the first time I did not plan it. I decided two days before I was going to do it. That was a mistake due to my health. But it was a well earned win.
As I stand this is what I have:
2011:The book written was called “A Woman of Color” which is a true story of racism.
2012: The book written was called “Moe’s Cafe” which had it’s origin from a writing prompt. The genre is action, adventure and a hit of the mob.
2013:The book written was called “Lost Faith” which fit the genre of YA, religious and drama. It stems from an apocalyptic world where faith is no longer recognized.
I can honestly say all three works were a joy to write. I love them for their individuality. But where do I stand now? They are all in various stages of editing and revision. A chore I hate and dread with ever fiber of my being. But it is time I get it done so I can start submitting them.
So I shut the door to NaNoWriMo 2013. It has been fun but man am I glad it is over.
Yes you read correctly. Yesterday morning which marked the end of the second week of NaNo 2012 I crossed over the 50k word count needed to win this writing frenzy. When it happened I just sat back and went wow ever so softly.
To get this completed in November it is suggested you write 1667 words daily. I decided to do a bit more to give me time to rest or when life got in my way. You know how that is. Planning made a huge difference as I decided I was not going to review any books on my other site that is strictly for that. I was not going to blog but instead asked for people to guest post here. Thankfully a nice circle of people raised their hands. While I finished early the guest posting will still continue for this month. They took the time to come up with something for me and I want to showcase the authors who came through while I was participating in NaNo 2012
I wrote that I am an unofficial winner since I can not put in my word count in the website’s app to confirm this and hence get that pretty little logo saying I have completed it. But rest assured it has happened. Someone asked me would I keep writing on it for the duration of the month. I told her yes I would keep on adding to the book, absolutely. Would I keep at this pace, hell no.
When I first hit 42K words on Monday I sat back and thought what a crock of crap I have written. That is how I felt and made me wonder had I wasted my time and left hand to doing this. I plunge ahead for I had come too close to stop. I could always save it for later and see if I could salvage it. But taking a double look that is when I realized the main parts of the book had not even been written yet. The kidnapping, murder and the mob has not even entered the scene. Then I realized the beauty of this book is I feel it is only a third done.
My goal was rather selfish to complete this. Like I blogged about prior to November I was gunning for back to back wins. I know a really crazy reason to do this. Next year will be even worse for I know the motivation will be to get the triple crown. Hey whatever gets you to write? But I am done as far as the word count is concerned. I can take my time now and let life back in. It had been knocking on my door and it will soon make its appearance.
So to every one out there who is doing NaNo 2012 I wish you good luck and cheer. You can do it. Even if your goal is different then mind the key is to write and to keep writing until you type the end.