So I failed the challenge of the National Novel Writing Month – There is no other way to put it. I fell short of the word target by about 15 000 words. That is a bit less than a third of the challenge. But I have to tell you though that I was not idle during the month of November, and I am still quite proud of what I achieved.
NaNo reminded me of how easy it is to write once you get out of your own way and sit down to do the work
In the month of November I have finished writing my first Ebook, have a designer working on the jacket, have hired my first editor to work on the project and have updated and expanded the website. All of this was achieved while organising a wedding, backpacking through Southern Thailand and writing 35 ooo words for NaNo. (I am smiling right now)
I am not trying to make up excuses for not doing the writing, I am simply saying that regardless of my failure I have had a fantastic month and if it weren’t for NaNo I would not have a great half-draft for my next project – ready to go.
I am so glad I was a part of it. NaNo reminded me of how easy it is to write once you get out of your own way and just sit down to do the work. I thought I would spend a month writing garbled nonsense but I didn’t. I managed to really lay down a strong foundation for my next novella. I found a few great characters in Thailand and was completely inspired by the location and history.
As well as writing a half-draft of a novella about Thailand, I found that my mind was so receptive to new ideas that I had to start another folder just to keep track of all my new ideas. Once I was relaxed into the writing I found that I was like a little beacon on the beach in Thailand attracting ideas straight out of the sky.
I just have to try again next year.