Another NaNoWriMo is already finished and the subtle snow of November has turned into the frigid, tundra that Saskatchewan becomes in the months of December and January. I guess it’s a good thing for NaNoWriMo to be in winter – for me anyway – because there’s more excuse to stay home and actually write. I’m also fortunate that November is only the beginning of a five month winter in Saskatchewan, which means plenty of time to hide away from the oodles of snow that accumulates all winter long. I’ll just make a vast amount of hot chocolate and take it to my room where I will dwell in seclusion and just write.
Oh crap! This won’t work at all. I have finals I have to be writing, and then there’s this little thing called Christmas. I am still allowed to call it that, right? No one is offended if I say ‘Christmas’ instead of ‘Holidays’? Well, you know that Christmas is really a holiday meant for everyone to celebrate and it’s just downright ignorant for the Christians to call it their holiday.
I better stop ranting since this is supposed to be about NaNoWriMo. So I got 52,126 words this year! If you’re at all curious – and even if you’re not, too bad – here is how it measures up to my previous NaNoWriMo achievements:
2006-Lost Worlds: Horizon – 50,008
2007-Demonria: The Dark Chalice – 53,659
2008-Demonria: Prelude To A War – 51,396
2009-Harbinger: Surrogates Of Discord – 50,105
2010-Demonria: Waiting For The Sun – 52,223
2011-Black Ice – 50,244
2012-What If It All Means Something – 52,126
You’ll see that it’s not my highest word count – but it is close – and it certainly is not my lowest. 2006 was a stressful year…those 50,008 words came five minutes before December 1. I was in a panic for those five minutes, which went on forever, as I prayed that the NaNo server wouldn’t crash and still allow me to validate my words and win. Lucky for me, it all worked out.
Congratulations to everyone else who has written anything this month. Kudos to you. If you won and want to brag a little, I won’t mind if you are shamelessly self-absorbed when you write a comment. If you didn’t win but want to brag about what you did write this month, don’t.
Only kidding. I’d be more than happy to hear how any of my blog buddies faired this year! Even if you didn’t win, you still attempted and persevered. It doesn’t matter how many words you wrote, it’s how much enjoyment the writing brought you. Yes, November can get hectic at times and we often stress over our novels even when we’re not writing them. Not to mention that our inner editors, that we didn’t know were so forceful, try to have their way with us and our novels. That, I think, is the most vigorous challenge of NaNoWriMo.
Besides all of this, there is something really cool in knowing that while you are writing, 300,000 other people from around the world are putting their talents to the test in the same month-long adventure. For anyone who has not participated in NaNoWriMo before, I offer you my highest of recommendations to one of the greatest things I am privileged to be a part of. November just wouldn’t be the same without it. No I lied, my year just wouldn’t be the same without it.
Lastly, I’d like to commemorate all of the writers out there who did participate. No matter how much your wrote I have two things to say: good looking out and I salute you!
Thanks to all of my NaNo buddies, old and new, who really made this November very special!
Thanks for reading!
- Day 30: Is November over already? (orestn.wordpress.com)
- It is the last day of NaNoWriMo Whooo… (cindydejager.wordpress.com)
- What I learned from NaNoWriMo 2012 (emhouston.com)
- What Comes After NaNoWriMo? (fulltimewritermom.com)
- NaNoWriMo Novel is Done! (rachelleharp.com)