Am I a quitter?

So NaNoWriMo finishes at midnight on Monday and how far off am I? Well I’ve given in. I know, it’s ridiculous and it hardly sets the best example. All those hours spent in the beginning wasted. A failure, and I could rhyme off numerous excuses, but there is only one excuse and that’s that I just did not put enough into it.

I am pleased to say that I am seeing others thrive with the challenge and getting near to the target 50,000 words . My final word count was just over 15,000. No, not a great achievement in the grand scheme of things and yes I could slap myself for my failings but is it worth it?

Believe it or not I have got something out of NaNoWriMo and that is a reinforced determination and enthusiasm. It has assisted in getting me into the habit of writing again. During these winter months I don’t like to lock myself away in the cold of the study I want to be sat in the warm lounge and curled up on the sofa and sadly that is where the writing suffers. Maybe it is because I have ‘failed’ NaNoWriMo that I am struck with this sense of purpose.

Last night I was at my Writers’ Group, something I have missed for the last two months and that in itself gives me enough of a kick up the butt to DO something. Had I been busily typing away to build up my word count I would not have made the group and surely the group is more constructive.

I like to think the words I did manage will not go to waste. I am bound to find some use for them. I think a lot of this writing lark, especially when you are a wannabe like me (it’s ok I can take it, until I in publication I am a wannabe) is mainly about the determination to do it. You can be the best writer in the word but unless you spend the time writing you will never get anywhere. So, I may have quit the NaNoWriMo challenge but I am still plodding on with the much larger one- getting published.

And, as for the NaNoWriMo participant logo, I will be keeping that up for now, after all, it’s not the winning that counts, it’s the taking part.

NaNoWriMo in November: The Halfway Point

It is the 16th of November and we are officially into the second half of the month which means I am half way through my NaNoWriMo challenge. So how am I doing?

Well the word count, which a week ago I was so proud of now look measly. I am depressingly and predictably behind and beginning to consider giving up in advance of failure. But then this is all to be expected. NaNoWriMo is a tall order and despite trying to get ahead of myself in the early stages life has of course gotten in the way.

I do, probably like most participants, feel like I am writing a load of tripe but I think because you are focusing on quantity not quality you do allow your subconscious to take over. Out of 50,000 words probability tells you there is bound to be something salvageable amongst it!

I have a lot of hard work still to do but I feel that the experience has given me the motivation to sit down and write every day and not to get too worked up about the quality at the first draft stage. Sometimes overthinking hinders the creative process.

The NaNoWriMo Challenge

So it’s official- I am participating in the NaNoWriMo 2009.

I don’t know why. Last year with so many other tasks on my ever growing list I failed miserably and originally I had no intention of participating this year.

National Novel Writing Month, to give it the full name, takes place every November. The aim is to write 50,000 words in that month. This is not enough for the average novel but the idea being productivity and then to be able go on and use what you produce.
After seeing other people on Talkback debating this year’s NaNoWriMo and then sneaking a glance at the website something within me was stirred. A month of insane writing? How could I possibly say no.
So watch this space for my progress. If you think you have what it takes to take up the challenge visit the NaNoWriMo website at http://www.nanowrimo.org/