Somehow in the shuffle of life I forgot to mention this, but…I totally won Nanowrimo 2013! And no, it does not get less exciting each year I manage to make it to the end. If anything, it goes more so, because it feels less and less like a fluke.
Part of me was really worried about this year. Last year was the first time I attempted Nanowrimo as an adult, with a full time job and everything, and I didn’t get very far. Yes, there were reasons, but there are always reasons. Sometimes you get through them, sometimes you don’t, but I was a little worried that while I could write a shitty 50,000 word novel in a month as a college student, maybe I couldn’t as an adult. Which would be sad, because I plan on being an adult for a long time.
But it turns out, I can write a shitty 50,000 word novel in 31 days, afterall! It’s actually not as shitty as it could be. I can only remember two instances where I felt like I was actually having to pad the story because I just couldn’t figure out where to go with it. Not to say it was easy, at all, but it means less rewriting later.
Don’t get me wrong, though, there will still be a lot of rewriting. So very, very much rewriting.
So, whether you completed Nano, started Nano, or even considered the idea, way to go you! You’re a step closer to that finished manuscript.
Now, if anyone is interested, click here for an excerpt from the first page of this year’s Nanowrimo draft, False Starts (previously called Special Blend).
(warning for a few f-bombs)