Well, Tuesday was my last day at Camp NaNoWriMo and I did not win. In fact, I did not even post my final word count. I’m not sorry that I embarked on this journey a third time, however, I am now planning to spend some time contemplating the reasons why I don’t finish my NaNo projects. Is it because I am not truly invested in the story, the characters? Is it because I am not truly invested in the novel generally? Should I spend more time writing poetry? Should I write more short stories? Maybe I need to actually plan the whole novel in minute detail before I start writing? Maybe I just need to develop my 850-words per day habit and then turn it into my NaNo writing when NaNo time comes around again? Perhaps I need to be a better cheater? I’m such a stickler for the rules – new novel each time, meet the appropriate writing goals each time. Bah! Now I’m thinking of planning to write one novel over three NaNo monthly sessions in the year. Hmmm … keep working on the same novel in August, then again in November? Maybe with some extra pieces written in other months. I’m a very bad cheater, but I might do it just to get a complete novel written this year. In any event, I’m always glad I participate in NaNo and some day I will actually finish. I might even win fair and square one day.
I hope everyone who was participating in Camp NaNoWriMo last month had a good time. I hope many of you won. I hope many of you learned more about yourself and your craft. Most of all, I hope you all wrote! Isn’t that what it’s all about? You have a story, tell it! The world needs more stories!
Be Lovely to Each Other,