Thursday, December 1, 2011

NaNoWriMo Recap

Well, it was a rough November, but I'm very proud to say that I won NaNoWriMo 2011!


I got off to a rough start, with all of the excitement of getting an offer from an agent right on day one. Then I was just never able to catch up from my slow start. Right in the middle, when I should have been at 25k on Day 15, I was only at 15K. 10k words behind! I really wasn't sure if I would actually be able to make up all the words, but I somehow did it. YAY.

As you can see, I was behind the entire time. 

My first experience with NaNo, back in 2008, was a breeze. I even won several days yearly, and all of the words came so easily, even though I was totally pantsing it. But this year it was like tromping through a pool of molasses. Every word took tons of effort, and there wasn't too much that was fun about this one, if we're being honest. I sort of dreaded the time I had to sit down and work on it. But work I did, because I couldn't handle the thought of not making this deadline. 

The worst thing for me is that this story has been living in my head for a year now. And the second I started writing it, it came out totally different than what I had been planning. And the more and more I wrote, the more wrong and off it got. So now that I'm done (with NaNo anyway...it's not done with the draft at all), I'm not sure what to do with it. I may let it simmer for a bit and see if I can make sense of it. 

But I can tell you I'm not doing December Revision Month with it. This girl needs a little break. I'm going to do December READING Month, December Simmering Month, and December Outlining Month as I poke around with another idea I've been stewing around in the ol' noggin. We'll revisit this guy in January at the very soonest. The two of us have spent too much quality time together this past month. We need some space. We need to see other people for a bit.

Congratulations to all of the NaNoWriMo winners out there! We did it! To everyone who started but didn't finish, congratulations on having ____ new words that you didn't have on Halloween! And to those of you who haven't participated in NaNoWriMo before, you MUST join us in 2012! It's a crazy and amazing experience.

18 comments:

  1. VICTORY! Congrats on finishing. I agree--I'm not looking at mine until at least January. For me, December is going to be all about reading, reconnecting with my blog friends I ignored for a month, and enjoying the holidays. And maybe re-reading my 2010 nano so I can start the re-write.

    Maybe. We'll see. Either way, enjoy your win!

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  2. I think it is rarely a good idea to revise right away. The book needs time to settle...and so does my brain!

    Congratulations!

    Shelley

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  3. CONGRATS!!!

    December is too early to start revising anyway.

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  4. Great job finishing NaNo! I've yet to give it a try, but I may look into it next year.

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  5. Yay, congrats! I'm always so inspired by the NaNo winners (and even the participants who don't win but put in the effort). I've never done it but I might give it a try next year. It would definitely be a challence since I'm usually a slow writer but it could be a good way to push myself. Enjoy your relaxed December!

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  6. Yay!! Congrats! I'm definitely with you about December. I can't wait to catch up with all the reading I've missed out on during NaNo--and I can't wait to outline my new idea. :)

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  7. Yay Jessica!! Congratulations! I give you total credit for plowing through it. I had my first NaNo experience this year, and mine went like your first, pretty darn easy.

    Can't wait to do it again next year!

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  8. Congrats Jessica! Such an accomplishment.

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  9. Congrats on winning!! I really wish I had been able to join you!

    Maybe next year

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  10. Congrats on winning, Jessica! And yeah... taking a month off from the project is a really good idea. SO much prospective to be gained that way :)

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  11. If you look at your the stat chart, while you may have been behind, the important thing to notice is that you constantly kept the bars moving up, the word count kept moving forward at a steady, consistent pace.

    CONGRATS!

    And, dude, December is for parties and family and friends and twinkle lights and reading books with a hot cup of (spiked) coffee or cocoa...NOT revising.

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  12. Congrats! Ah, I miss NaNo. Maybe next year...

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  13. I echo the congrats at winning NaNo! And I completely get what you're saying about having a story in your head for a long time that morphs into something completely different when you write it. :)

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  14. Amazing!! Congratulations Jess-you're a machine :)

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  15. So proud of you for winning NaNo, Jess! And to come from behind... cheers! I love the idea of December becoming a reading month. I'm totally on board!

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  16. Congrats on your come from behind victory! Everyone loves an underdog!

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