Saturday, December 10, 2011

Winning Nanowrimo! (Where have I been??)

So, it's been a while since I have posted, and most of that blame goes to Nanowrimo!  If you don't know what that is, visit www.nanowrimo.org for more details.  I remember first seeing info on nanowrimo a few years ago online, and brushed it off an forgot about it.  This year I happened to come across it again through watching various youtube vlogs and got inspired.  I used to love writing, since when I learned to write in grade 1, all the way through high school.  University killed any creativity and enjoyment towards literature for me.  Anyway, I decided to do Nanowrimo when there wasn't very much time to come up with a plot, characters, setting etc...  But after reading about different attempts people use to get through nanowrimo, I went with the 'fly by the seat of your pants' method.  I had a few days to come up with an idea, so I went with YA urban fantasy (about faeries). 

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!)