Destined to Fall Apart

Here’s the thing about starting new projects: it’s never a good time.

nanowrimo calendarThere are always things that are pressing, other priorities that need to be accomplished. We already occupy 24 hours a day doing whatever it is we choose to do. When we start new things, we don’t add hours to the day. We just have to redistribute them.

November isn’t a good month for NaNoWriMo. Then again, no month is a good month. So we take on the challenge anyway.

This year, I took on the challenge.

Frankly, I went in knowing I would fail. I was traveling for half of November, so prioritizing writing was nearly impossible. Add in all my other (less voluntary) obligations, and NaNoWriMo was destined to fall apart from the beginning.

But I did…okay.

By that I mean that I intentionally wrote more last month–about 15,000 words total. More importantly, when I dedicate time to being creative, I find myself becoming more creative. I came up with some great ideas and developed some of them into quality material.

I suppose I technically failed NaNoWriMo. But it feels like a success.


 

If you attempted NaNoWriMo and/or NaBloPoMo, how did you do? Talk to me.

 

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13 thoughts on “Destined to Fall Apart

  1. Each has to define success in their own terms – If you went in knowing you couldn’t do the full 50,000 but just wanted something to push you to write more than you had been, then, well, since you did write more I’ll join you in calling that a success.

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  2. I went in knowing that I could get close to 50k. I have four small kids, two of which are always home, so I knew I would be not sleeping for a month to achieve 50k, so I was hapoy with the 25k I wrote on my novella. It is a start, and I have many more months to finish it.

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  3. I don’t think anyone fails NaNoWriMo, unless they sign up and don’t even start. I am also one who feels each person should set their own goal for winning. If 50k is not going to work then set a goal that is more attainable. So you’re not a loser. You’re a winner. Always have been!

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  4. I had the plan and idea, but my November exploded and I completely missed it. I’ll probably still attempt to construct a something anyway, I’m just annoyed I missed it…again. Well done on hitting 15k, very impressive!

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