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NaNoWriMo 2012

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

An after-action report on my participation in National Novel Writing Month

I had high hopes.  Oh, such high hopes. I had a team of fellow participants to egg me on, both in our community at large and specifically at school.  The latter had even invited me to guest blog, and I posted a bit about my mixed anticipation and intimidation at the work and the goal.

So I started writing on the first of the month.  Just after having caught a nasty cold on the 31st.  I did manage to get to 2600ish words by the fourth, but for more than a week I just barely hauled myself to work, then came home and crashed.  Death warmed over.

Then came Thanksgiving.  And then the 15-page final paper in my course.  And, and, ….  I ended the month with less than 3100 words – not even two day’s scheduled output.

What are the lessons learned?  First, have a stronger, more complete outline and plan before the beginning of the month.  Second, don’t get sick.  🙁  Third, try not to procrastinate my other essential tasks (like school work, or work work) such that they busy out the Eleventh Month.

But the real take-home is – I Just Gotta Write.  “Every day, day in, day out … No excuses, no slacking off” – for 365 days a year.  I hereby announce the start of PerNoWriMulMo – “Personal Novel Writing Multi-Month”.  I don’t have an exact word-count goal – yet – but I intend to Just Keep Writing.

I’ll keep you up-to-date on the results.