Wait, It’s December…?

Well, I Tried…

NaNo is over. It’s been over for four days and while I realized that it was December, I guess it never sunk in that NaNo was actually over for yet another year. I have come to a conclusion, though. NaNo is my BFF. Yes. Big, fat fail.

I never wrote all those words that I said I was going to write. Even when it got to be only three or four days left, I only wrote an extra 1000 words. I never even broke 30K, even though I was pretty close. However, I did break 25K, which is half. So I guess that’s a good thing.

So my profile on the NaNo website is now going to say I won 2009 and participated in 2012, 2011, and 2012. I was so hoping for another win, but I’m not going to complain. I made it half way at least. Not to mention that I got a good portion of the novel done. The characters are being good (so far), the plot is moving along nicely (so far), and I think it’ll be quite easy to finish (yeah right). I just need to get the motivation to do it.

NaNo and I had a good run this year. I started off doing great, but too much life got in the way. Just because I didn’t get a “win” out of it, doesn’t mean that I didn’t get a good novel out of it…even if it’s no finished. But it will be finished. Maybe when I’m 50. But it will be finished eventually.

I have been thinking a lot about my writing lately on account that I did fail NaNo. I really thought that I was going to win again this year and I really thought that I was going to actually finish the whole novel. But since I didn’t make it to either of those goals, I decided that I’m going to do my very best to write in the months to come.

I have the rest of this week, all next week, and then three more days (finals) of school. My Christmas shopping is already done and wrapped, so once school is out I’ll have all Winter break to type away. My only concern is that I have to study for my MTEL test, which I am taking in January. Oh, and learn how to drive. That’s kind of important. But when it comes to writing, I think I should be good.

For the Spring semester at school I need to come in five days a week, but it’s only three classes. I’ve had all three of these professors before. I know that I’m going to have virtually no homework. So I’m hoping that next semester will be a good semester for writing. It’s just that I’ll probably pick up a few extra hours at work.

Speaking of writing though, I was exploring my blog because I basically just update posts and nothing else on it…so I was looking around and I noticed on the Challenges page there is something that says I was going to write 360 pages by the end of this year. When I made that goal for myself I was in the middle of writing…well, whatever novel it was, and had hoped that 360 pages would have been the whole novel plus some from another novel. I completely forgot about this goal, so I changed it a bit. Basically, it just means that I have to write 360 pages total. Of any novel. So I added my Saving Each Other pages to that count. I am now up to 109 pages. This means that I have to write 251 more pages by the end of this year.

I have 27 days to do this, which should be about 9 or 10 pages a day. I can do that no problem if it’s double-spaced. I don’t know if I’ll actually do that, but I did say that I was going to try to write as much as I can during this Winter Break. Anything I write will go straight towards that page count. Honestly, I can’t even remember why I made that goal in the first place, but I’m going to stick with it. Why not?

I have a huge list of ideas that are swirling around in my head, but I’m going to try my best to finish Saving Each Other first. Then I can freak out about what to edit as the pile is going to keep building up. Right now I have two novels that need to be seriously edited so I can publish them and now I’m just going to be adding on an extra novel.

Hm. This should be interesting.

38 thoughts on “Wait, It’s December…?

  1. You give yourself some hard challenges! Good luck with the 360 pages thing. I didn’t ‘win’ nano either, BUT i achieved my goal of writing a whole story start to finish, and the other words will come in the re-write. I think its hard to do 50,000 words in a month when you’ve got other life stuff going on.

    • I made that goal over the summer…(I think)

      Life is tough, that’s why I enjoy doing NaNo during the summer a little better. But it’s great during November because that’s when the majority of people do it.

  2. Too bad on not finishing.

    Personally, I’m using December to edit and will get back to writing once I am done. This is for a story I wrote in 2010…

    Good luck on the 9-10 page per day goal. That’s about 2000-2500 words a day – so you have your work cut out for you.

    • I’m not going to try to write 9-10 pages a day. I’m too busy for that. But who knows? Maybe if I don’t try it and my mind isn’t on it, then maybe I actually will do it by accident. πŸ˜‰

      Good luck with the edit!

  3. I completely know the feeling. When I did a catch-up to get within 300 of the target at the time (after having such a slow start), I was sure that this would once again be my year. Even when I hit 25K, I was sure that I’d at least get to 30.


    Still, I got some ideas out of it, and that’s some kind of progress.

  4. I tell my daughter (who is depressed at every holiday) that she’s freaking out about an arbitrary day on the calendar–a manmade construct that she can choose to embrace or ignore, her choice. I’ll give you the same advise: finishing your novel should be the goal, and don’t let that pesky calendar ruin your creativity! Good luck and HAVE FUN!

    • Yes, the calendar is a constant reminder that there is too much to do and simply not enough time to do it all. It is very annoying. But I will try my best so that the calendar does not get to me! Thank you! πŸ™‚

  5. Good luck as you continue to work on your goals! πŸ™‚ At least you are brave enough to set hard goals…and, eventually you will accomplish them!

  6. You gave it a shot and it didn’t work out this time. If I may echo the other sentiments here, I think the whole point is that you tried. Keep at it and maybe you can “win” next year. However, I will again paraphrase what others have said here, NaNo isn’t really as important as writing in general. Keep writing!

    • Yeah, that’s true. If you finish a novel it’s a big accomplishment, but I think if you finish a novel for NaNo it just feels like a bigger accomplishment. Only because you’re “competing” against your writing buddies basically, and you can announce to the whole site that you accomplished something. And there is so much encouragement on there. Which I think it part of the reason as to why I get most of my writing done during the month of November. Honestly, I think I wrote more last month than I have all year. Which is a sad thing. But oh well. I got something out of it. πŸ™‚

  7. Hi Rachel. NaNo, as you know, isn’t about the goal but the words in between. I’m very proud of you for participating and making it over half-way! Good job! If NaNo was only about the amount of words, well then anyone with a word generator could fudge that. No, NaNo is about the discovery of the story. And you have many to tell. So keep writing, a little every day.

    Best of luck to you! See you in the summer! (I’m poetphoenix on NaNo too)

  8. See – i didn’t even try this way i succeeded even if i wrote one page. Bad attitude but life does get in the way when you can’t be fortunate enough to focus solely on writing. Good luck!

    • This is why I cannot wait for Winter Break. I really need the time off to just focus on my writing for a little while. And hopefully get some extra hours at work, too… πŸ™‚

  9. You didn’t fail because you tried in the first place. There’s a quote by Theodore Roosevelt you should find that speaks well to your ‘failure.’ Ironic quotes intentional…

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