It seems like each November I experience some kind of distraction that cannot be ignored. On the first attempt my Mom became very sick and I was enrolled in an intense graduate level art class. And to be flat out honest – my Mom is more important than the 50K word goal. So the next year I tried to attempt the 50K goal, and I was asked to design and construct a major website for a TV show that turned out to be a total fraud. I think only 2% of the people involved actually got paid anything and all the sponsors that gave product samples got screwed. The website I developed was worth $30K, and that is using modest pricing. I never got a dime. So this last time I was ready for it and told people that I would be busy doing the NaNoWriMo project, and the only thing I would take a break for was the Comic Con.
Well during the first week , I got sick for a week from a bizarre illness that showed up after my husband got a flu shot – curious. It came back for a second round later in the month. Then of course, I had the Comic Con for 3 days of great fun, and then a few other things I had to do for work took time away. I think what hurt me the most was being sick for a total of about 10 days during November, which is 1/3 of the time for the competition.
So I felt really down about this and decided to look at the efforts I had made in the past years. The first year I did about 8K, and the second year I did about 17K. This last time I did 27K. Just looking at the data….I improved each year. That’s not something to be ignored. I also got a friend to write this year and even though she did not make the 50K word count, the competition got her to start writing again. And well, to be honest – she’s better writer than me. She needed to do this.
So despite the fact that I did not win the competition, I did gain some serious ground on my manuscript. It’s a lot further along. And I did better than I had in previous years. Sometimes winning is not the most important part of life, but learning and improving is a major step in the right direction. And I have decided that I will try it again next year.
I will eventually publish this novel.
G. Winkler © 2014