NaNoWriMo 2019 – Did I give up?

NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month An annual, Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. Participants attempt to write a 50,000-word manuscript between November 1 and November 30” 

Technically yes, I haven’t worked on my NaNo project in 3 consecutive days now and I’ve only reached around 20,000 words, but I’m okay with that. I had an idea to take my narrative in a completely different direction and I played with that idea for a couple of thousand words before realising that what I was doing was being a slave to the word count. I was finding new ideas that didn’t fit with the theme or feeling of my novel so far simply to have something to write. I was happy with what I’d written up to that point, and the narrative was coming to it’s natural conclusion clocking in at the length of a long short story (oxymoronic I am aware). It’s more than I’ve written since University and more prose non-fiction I’ve written since 2014, when I first participated in NaNo, so I am very proud of that.

I am looking forwards to revisiting what I’ve written with fresh eyes in a few weeks to see what I can turn into a second draft. I know there’s interesting ideas in there and I’ve rather have a first draft that has something good in it than wade through 50,000 words I wrote out of obligation. I hope those of you that are also struggling to reach the word count realise the value in what you have already created, any words are better than zero words and starting a challenge without finishing it, or with an adjustment of your expectations part way through, is so much better than never beginning at all.

At the end of November I’ll post a final update describing the kind of narrative I created and what I’ve learnt that I can take forwards into writing this year, I’m determined not to let myself wait until November 2020 to write properly again.

My NaNo19 journey so far:

  • Update One: Click Play to Begin – this update includes my reasons for starting Nano this year and the playlist I’m using for inspiration.
  • Update Two: One Week In – in this update I discuss a few of my inspirations and a few of the difficulties I’m facing in my writing.
  • Update Three: What’s the Point of all this? – this update is about the value of writing without thinking about the word count

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