It is November, and you all know what that means!
Does any other event inspire so much love, fear, emotions, and triumphs from the blogging world? I don’t think so! (Well, unless you count, blog tours, guest posts, giveaways, discussion posts, socialization, and dealing with trolls).
My own personal history with NaNoWriMo has followed a similar path of my reading history: Shaky at first, but eventually, leading to self discovery and a few nervous breakdowns.
The first year I participated in 2012, I went in, full of energy and excitement, only to abandon my WIP just four days into the month. I wrote 3,416 words that first go around, and became frustrated by the difficulty of fleshing out my ideas. I had a general story line in my head, but the plot holes were sinking me into depression and doubt, so I quickly abandoned the fic. Even though I failed to reach my goal, I was able to work on my draft for the remainder of the year. I was determined to do better the second time around.
In 2013, things were a bit better, but I had still failed to reach my goal. I worked on the same story from the previous year (it had the same name and all) but I had cut away a lot of the problems that were murdering my motivation. I was almost consistent with the writing, and with my ideas fleshed out, I was able to keep the story going. However, I once again hit a few snags along the way, and I abandoned the story three weeks in at 20, 582 words; just a little below the halfway point.
Little less fail.
But I refused to give up. I loved my story, and I wanted to let this tale buried inside of me out. I wanted to tell my new Viking paranormal fantasy story to the world! And by world, I meant the safe vault of my own personal computer. So once again, I continued to work on the rough draft and tackle the pitfalls.
The next year, my story, and my own sense of storytelling, had matured a bit. With the details hammered out, and the rough draft in place, I was ready to write. I changed the name of the story, the direction of the characters, cut out the insta-love that had bothered me from 2012 (I am so sorry that I had instalove, reading world!) and I dove in, determined to succeed.
That year, I finally beat the battle and reached my goal.
Victory is mine!
At 55,424, I did it. I not only reached my goal, but I produced something that actually made me happy. I also put the whole story down in writing.
Looking back, could see my own skills lacking, and my ideas watery, two major components that kept my story from developing. After three years of researching, drafting, and honestly, I let the story come out and into the light. I felt such a surge of pride and accomplishment that I was seriously hooked from that point on. Sad to say, I still have yet to finish the editing on the first book, but I had enough of the story written to open up for the next book in my series. Yes, I am writing the second novel in my ongoing series.
There, in a nutshell, is my NaNoWriMo experience.
Do you participate in this yearly writing event? What is your own history of writing (even if it has nothing to do with NaNoWriMo)? What is your story about? Leave me a comment – I would love to know!
To celebrate National Novel Writing Month, and to help all of you reach your goal, I am giving one author a NaNoWriMo EXTRAORDINARY HELPERS package! You will recieve:
- The NaNoWriMo “Stories Matter” sticker, to tell the world what we writers already know.
- “The NaNoWriMo Library” bookmark, replete with pesky/helpful plot bunny.
- A donor halo on your NaNoWriMo author profile.
- A listing on the NaNoWriMo Brought to You By page.
- You must have a NaNoWriMo account (it can be created this year)
- You must be 13 years or older.
- One e-mail address per household
- Use the Rafflecopter form below
- Only USA (sorry!)
- Giveaway ends 11/11/2015