I didn’t accomplish much in the way of NaNoWriMo except learning an extremely important lesson.
I find myself two days out from the conclusion of the National Novel Writing Month and I gave up a week ago, knowing that there would be no way that I’d finish successfully. I had such high hopes in the beginning, making plans to outlines my novel before I traveled. I would jot down some notes when I could during the first week of the month, unable to fully commit to writing due to being busy with pre-wedding activities. I had it all planned out in my mind.
Needless to say it didn’t happen like that.
I logged less than 10,000 words in total over the course of the month. Coming back from Malaysia I was exhausted. Between the plane travel and the severe lack of sleep, I then put in a copious amount of overtime catching back up on my workload at my job. I had burned the candle at both ends with nothing left to give for writing when I got home, struggling to get back up at the crack of dawn the next morning to do it all over again. Things like this sound eerily familiar from earlier in the year.
Things like NaNoWriMo have always been fascinating to me. The fact that you have an event that corrals so many people interested in crossing the same fabled threshold of writing enthusiast into actual author is awesome; and every year I see a chunk of friends get excited to take part. But I don’t think that my journey has to necessarily end on November 30th. Instead I can take what I have and continue to work on it.
I have the basis for a science fiction story that I’m very passionate about finishing. A prelude to a much larger narrative. Some of my favorite things that I’ve read have come from the basis of a shared universe. Something where multiple characters, sometimes who never meet, all exist and live their lives there. Things like Star Wars and Marvel and DC Comics. Those type of things are compelling to me because you see so many different perspectives, sometimes on the same event!
So I may have fallen short of NaNoWriMo but I have plenty more ideas to come the other eleven months of the year.
Until next time!