So this is the second time I’ve not succeeded in writing 50,000 words in thirty days out of the three times I have tried it.
I think the main thing for me is that NaNoWriMo is a personal goal, but isn’t my first priority. I am in my twenties, with a newish job at a pretty particular company, 19 rats to look after, and a house that no one is going to keep clean on my behalf for a month while I go do something else. I really enjoy writing, don’t get me wrong, but it isn’t the passion for me that it once was. Now it’s a pleasant distraction, fun and frustrating in equal measures. I have no delusions that I’ll ever write a best seller, and I certainly won’t live off of royalties. I might one day publish something, and I hope that whatever it is entertains my readers, grabs their attentions and holds them through a few hours of an exciting world vastly different from this one. I don’t really aspire to more than that, and NaNoWriMo is a tool I use to push myself towards that goal, and isn’t so much a goal in and of itself. Besides which, it isn’t important that I didn’t write 50,000 words. It is important that I wrote about 14,000 more words than I might otherwise have done. And that’s good enough for me.
If you participated in NaNoWriMo, how did you do this year? Did you accomplish what you wanted to?