It is now December first, and NaNoWriMo is now done for the year. This means that the stress of the writing challenge is over, and people’s lives go back to normal.
This is true for them as well as for me. Except for my version of “normal” is perverted in comparison.
However, it shouldn’t be that way.
NaNo is supposed to be a starting point or a continuation point of the writing journey. It is supposed to allow a writer to get a large number of words done or something completed.
A large number of people that use NaNo don’t write in any other part of the year. For clarity, this is what my year has looked like so far.
Yes, I have a spreadsheet.
Don’t have to be crazy… Like me.
I’m unique, even in the writing world. Most people don’t set crazy goals like I did, and most people don’t manage to get as far as I have with it.
And that’s fine. This crazy goal has worked for me.
But to be a writer, one must write. It doesn’t have to be a half a million words in a year, but it should be something. What I tell people is that they should write for 8 minutes. If it doesn’t flow cause of stress, etc., then at least they have something. Even if it is 100 words. BUT, if it is flowing, then they shouldn’t stop.
These guys only write during November, and some of them get 75k or 100k words done, but it isn’t a sprinting race. It’s an endurance race. So while I only managed to write 63k this November, it is only a fraction of what I managed to get done all year.
Before I talk about my future NaNo plans, here is my writing plan for next year.
That is a preview of my 2020 goal. The number at the bottom should be interesting.
But, in terms of what NaNo means for me, take a look at the numbers listed beside each month. I will be writing a NaNo every month.
This means that was the last NaNo I’ll be participating in. There is no point anymore for me. It was fun while it lasted, but I also see no point in trying to kill myself by writing a double NaNo. Not with my writing output being what it is at.
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