Friday, November 30, 2012

Why I Didn't Win NaNoWriMo

I have a lot of really, really good excuses as to why I didn't win NaNoWriMo this year. But I will spare you my excuses.

My final word count was 27,601. That's a pretty good effort. There were a couple days when I wrote ALL THE WORDS. But here's what really happened. I had this BRILLIANT idea. Being a pantser, I wrote out my idea and a few plot points I got along the way. I had some plot. But not enough plot. I started and wrote until I got bored. Then I stopped for a while. Then I had an idea for a scene. So I started again with that and it was going pretty well. Then I stopped again.

I picked it up again yesterday, but I lost too much time. There was no way I could finish by today. I gave it a good try. I knew I wouldn't win this year. Maybe not the best mindset to have going in, but at least I tried. And now I have a good start on a novel I might actually finish someday.

So, how did you do?

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