November is over, meaning I survived Nanowrimo! It was a tight finish but I managed to win a day early. This was particularly important to me because I knew I was getting sick. I was convinced I wouldn’t be able to write at all on Nov. 30th. It’s now day three of being ill so I am glad I rushed myself there at the end. It was the hardest writing day. I was already feeling icky but I wasn’t to the point of needing to be in bed so I pushed through.
It probably sounds like I’m proud of myself, but I’m more relieved than anything. At the beginning of Nano I was convinced I didn’t care if I won or not. I was right until the first day I fell behind. I had somehow managed to stay ahead until right around the holidays. When I lost my lead a switch in my head flipped, or maybe a breaker blew. All the sudden I cared very much if I won.
There were a few times toward the end where I was writing 3000-5000 words a day. I must have smelled of desperation and crazy because even my dogs avoided me.
I have to stand by what I said last year at this time: Nanowrimo messes with your head. However, it’s not necessary a bad thing. After all, I did write every day, even if it was only a couple of hundred words. I did meet my goal and I managed to finish a complete first draft, after switching projects in the middle of the month. Word of advice if you do Nano: Do not switch projects in the middle of the month! I’m lucky to have held on to my sanity, mostly.
Will I do Nanowrimo again next year? Yes. Will I switch projects mid-month? Probably since I’ve done it two years in a row. It seems to be my M.O. Will I take a break from writing this month? Only some tiny ones. I tried to write yesterday and was unsuccessful due to some lovely concentration killing fever. I won’t try today because I need to rest and get better. I have a procedure for my back on Friday so that day will be shot for writing. My birthday is in the middle of the month. I’ll probably at least take the evening off.
And most important of all, fully justifying a break from writing for a day before and probably a few days after — Star Wars. I won’t go on opening weekend. That would be crazier than trying to write fifty thousand words in thirty days and I only have so much I can take of people. Perhaps I’ll go on New Years Eve, in the morning.
Other than those occasions, I intend to keep writing most days. I understand wanting to take a long break after so much writing crammed into so few days but it’s not worth it. There is no reason to give up the good habits developed during all the madness. Speaking of insanity, I’ll probably keep the same word count goal, 1667, but only on days I get to write. I don’t need to Nano every month but getting close wouldn’t hurt.
I do not intend to edit during December! I don’t even want to look at my story. I’m going to work on my regular WIP and ignore the fairy tale for now. I’d like to stay in creative mode for a while.
One last thing. I have a suggestion for anyone doing Nanowrimo next year. Write something new. Three times I tried to work on a something I’d already started. The first time I only reached half my goal. The second two years I switched projects mid-stream because I got stuck.
A new project comes with excitement, anticipation and a lot of words! If you’re already half-way through something you’re probably also half into editor mode. Taking a break from your WIP for one month won’t be bad for you. It might even make your muse happy, something all writers should strive for.
Congratulations to everyone who participated this year. No matter how many words you wrote, you got them out of your head an on paper, which is good!