So I mentioned in another writing post that I was attempting to do NaNoWriMo, and here we are at the end of the month, and I failed… sort of.
What I mean by that is no, I did not hit 50,000 words in my main work in progress. Had I counted everything I wrote outside of that one WIP, I would have hit it, but that’s not really how it works. However, getting to 50k was never really my goal. I did want to get closer than I did, missing out on so many days at the start of the month really messed me up. I started behind and was never able to catch up fully.
What I wanted to do was restart a particular project and throw myself into it to get myself back on track and that I did succeed at. I would have loved to have gotten more actual words written towards it, but I am damn proud that I made some progress and am happy that I have put myself back into this one.
Again, this particular project has been a long time coming. Long. About 5 years ago is when I first started it long. The ups and downs, starts and stops, and everything that has kept me from finishing it I hate. I had a lot of faith in this work when I first started it and was so excited about it. To lose it, the way that I did was heartbreaking.
But I am finally excited about it again, I finally have faith in it again, and I do believe that this might be the time that I can see it through.
I did also learn a few things with NaNoWriMo, which is another benefit of doing it, at least in my opinion. I now have a better handle on what my daily word count can logically and realistically be. I also learned that I cannot work on my main WIP 7 days a week.
I am not a believer in the “you must write every day” thing. Maybe some writers can, but I cannot. The main reason being is that my WIP is never all I am writing. Between the blog and other writing projects, my brain needs a rest. Having reasonable goals that you can stick to is important because it is better that you can keep a consistent schedule than work hard for say a month and burnout.
So while I failed, what is the technical goal of NaNoWriMo that was never the biggest goal for me. Again hitting that 50k would have been amazing. Getting pretty close is good enough. Getting excited about a project again is great. And learning what I needed to help my writing schedule moving forward was important.