Tuesday, December 13, 2011


I had the best of intentions, I really did. I started out strong and racked up 17K words in a week. Yeah, it pretty much ended there. However, despite the fact that NaNo was a bust, I'm not considering the month a failure because a) thanks to the magic of Scrivener (yes, I devoted a whole post to this wonder program) I have the entire book outlined and b) I worked really hard the rest of the month on a different ms. I'd say the detour worked out okay in the end, as December was officially the best writing-related month of my life so far. Details are forthcoming, but suffice it to say that I'm still pinching myself.

So for those of you who finished NaNo this year, you rock! 50K in a month is a huge commitment. And for those who tried, but feel bad because you 'only' got 20K or 30K written, you rock too! That's 20,000 more words than you had in October. Goals are fun, but make sure you're having fun in the process.

How many of you did NaNo and finished this year? How many tried but didn't quite hit 50K? How many of you decided that no way in hell would you attempt such craziness?


  1. I always call NaNo my successful failure. By the time December rolls again, I once again know what's important: the novel I've been working on for the past three years, straight (except for the two months doing--you guessed it--NaNo).
    To shamelessly plug: I blogged about NaNoWriMo. rivreads.blogspot.com

  2. I love the term 'successful failure.' Good luck w/ your novel. :)

  3. I finished this year as well, but I do believe that every word written - no matter if they add up to 50k or not - is something to be proud of.

    Tips for next year - add sex scenes. It saves me every year when I'm stumped for plot.

  4. Congrats on finishing, Malin--that's awesome! :)


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