NaNoWriMo 2011 – Pencils Down!

Aaaaaand we’re done.

How’d you do? I didn’t do so well myself. I couldn’t get over that 35k block fast enough (or indeed, at all), and when I looked around last week for the motivation to persevere, I just couldn’t find it. What I’d built so far felt so disconnected, it may as well have been 9 chapters from 5 different novels. It didn’t seem worth continuing just to prove that I could do it. So I didn’t.


I did write over 31,000 words this month, which is considerable and much more than I’ve written in quite a while. While I’m not considering this a “win” by any means, it’s definitely progress, and at the end of the day, taking a step forward with your writing, no matter if it’s a thousand words or fifty thousand, is really what it’s all about.

So welcome to December! It’s time for chores and books and other writing projects you’ve been neglecting for the last 30 days!

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3 Responses to “NaNoWriMo 2011 – Pencils Down!”

  1. Julia L says:

    Victory! Again a bit of a partial win, since it’s far from complete and all over the place in some senses, but in the strictest sense of 50K-in-30, I won.

    Congrats to everyone that won, consoling words and chocolate for those that didn’t, and thanks to everyone that encouraged/put up with me on twitter.

  2. Well, I got to 50k by the skin of my teeth, but it was tough, and I’m not sure that I really like much of what I wrote; it feels a bit stiff, and the characters aren’t especially realistic or likeable. (I definitely prefer 2010′s effort).

    However, I found that writing a massive Choose Your Own Adventure (or to be precise 6 separate-but-linked Adventures) was a whole heap of fun, and – although it needed masses of planning up front – it was really nice to know exactly where each scene had to start & end.

    Life, of course, conspired to throw things off track, so now it’s time to pay attention to work, family and the small business of moving house..!

    Well done Wrimos – it’s not the winning, it’s the taking part that counts, as someone once said…

  3. m.i.milkman says:

    I didn’t even come close to making count, but, it did work in the sense that it got me to really think about writing everyday and write almost everyday. I tried at first to just plow through but it goes against every writing fiber I have (the few that there are in me) to write words that don’t count. But I’m further along now than i was at the start so that’s something. Congrats to those that accomplished there goal, whatever it was.

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