I won Nanowrimo again this year! My 50,000 words were done and dusted by November 28th this year – mostly because I’d learned from last year’s experience of leaving it until the last minute to finish nearly half of my novel. In case you don’t know, Nanowrimo is a month-long global novel-writing fest that happens every November. I’ve been doing it for the past three years and have managed to get my requisite 50,000 words done on time each year. Three for three!
I did have a horrible day in the middle of the month where I was a few thousand words behind my target, hating my novel, not knowing where it was going, and feeling like tossing it all in the garbage, but giving myself a whole day on a weekend to catch up made me feel all right again. And the characters suddenly perked up and seemed much more likeable. I’ve never divulged the plots of any of my novels before, but I’ll reveal a little about this one: it’s a murder mystery set in a small-town museum. I may even try to revise it and show it to some gentle editor-friends.
Every year I get very excited about doing this project, but every year I seem to have a few bad (read: horrible, hair-pulling-out) days on the way, where I beg my husband to remind me not to do this again next year. But the excitement and satisfaction of winning wipes all those bad feelings out and I can’t remember them… until the next time. This must be what it feels like to write all the time. Which I would like to be doing. So now my challenge is to keep on writing after Nanowrimo ends, and not just do it in November!