NaNoWriMo Writing Experience

Participant-2014-Twitter-ProfileSo this was my third year attempting to reach the 50K word goal.  And sadly enough I did not succeed this year.

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.

2014 Cover for NaNoWriMo 300hWell 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

Gretchen Winkler is a Writer, Artist, Radio Show Co-Host, Cosplayer/Designer, and ordered Knight. She is currently working on several Star Wars novel projects and does editing and proof reading for Bill Sikkens & KXL radio. For the past 20 years she has authored several informational websites, started several technical companies, and has been an avid student of art, literature, history, technology.

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