I’m a NaNoWriMo winner! Which just means that i wrote a 50,000-word “novel” this month. Whew!
I hadn’t even planned to do this, but on November 1st i saw Erin Morgenstern (author of The Night Circus, i.e. my idol) and a couple of other people tweeting about it, and i thought man, i really want to do that. I wish i had a story to write! And so, in the true nature of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, by the way), i decided to fly by the seat of my pants. I took about an hour to come up with a story that had a semblance of a plot, with a protagonist and a sort-of antagonist and something of a conflict/mystery and a beginning and a middle and an end, and then i signed up and started writing. And i made myself write every day, just like they told me.
It wasn’t easy. My dog feels very neglected. The first week was easy, and then the second week was much harder. I thought getting past the halfway point would make things easier, but it didn’t. The third week was the worst; i was swiftly running out of story and i felt like i was writing total crap and that my story wasn’t even worth finishing anyway. There was one day when i was feeling so miserable about it that i decided that i needed to donate $10 to NaNoWriMo and get my halo so that if i felt like quitting i would feel crappy about giving money to something that didn’t work for me anyway. And that strategy worked, because i damn near quit that night but then i saw my halo, and i got to work.
Why is it a halo, by the way? All the cartoons i watched as a kid trained me to associate halos with dead people. So, looking at the NaNoWriMo site, it looks like half the participants are dead because they have halos over their avatars.
Anyway, i powered through it and i got through week four slowly but surely, adding little scenes here and there to fill out what was already a finished story. I never fell behind. I gave myself the day off yesterday for Thanksgiving (which was a fantastic meal hosted at our place for the first time and cooked almost entirely by Nathan!). And then this morning i got up at six, went beer shopping with Nathan, came home and putzed around a bit and then started writing. I had about 1800 words to go and nothing to write, so i added one more playful scene, hit 50k words, validated it on the WriMo website and earned this nice little badge! And it’s not even 1:00 p.m. now.
Now i can read books again! I’ve fallen behind with my reading goal because of this, so i need to read four more books in December. Wish me luck!