Nanowrimo dictates that the goal is to write a 50, 000 novel in the month of November. So, I tried to write 1667 words every day to stay on target. It didn't happen every day, and I did have a few times where I spent hours catching up. When I signed up, I knew that I really wanted to beat the goal, but I had doubts because I'm at work for 40 hours a week; one of my evenings is spent with my uke group, and I was spending 8 days in Cancun Mexico at a destination wedding. There were times when I was going to through in the towel, especially once I got to Mexico. However, I persevered! I took my netbook to work every day and tried to write on my lunch hour, and I even took the netbook to Mexico. I wrote in my resort room, outside on the resort, and even on the plane back to Toronto while listening to 4 babies scream in unison. I cleared 50,000 with 10 minutes to spare (and I chalk this up to my experiences with timed writing during all those bloody English exams where I ran out of time and had 45 minutes to write an entire essay).
I am here to say hooray! I am proud of myself for doing it-and will probably do it again! I didn`t really treat myself for the win, but I did buy two nano t-shirts to congratulate myself and spread the word of glorious nano. I am hoping that the next time around, I will be able to attend some write-ins with the local nano peeps. I`ve even been thinking about giving Camp Nano a try this summer. I did put up a small display at work, advertising National Novel Writing Month and had 2 fellow co-workers give it a go, but I was hoping more people would be into it. That`s okay, I stayed motivated and I shared my experiences on the nano forums.
Congratulations to all Nano 2011 participants! (we have out lives back now!)