Not gonna bullshit - I didn't have very high hopes for my Nanowrimo this year going into it. This wasn't my first attempt at the "Official" November Nanowrimo. I've done it every few years for the past 15 or so, and I've never succeeded at the November one. I HAVE succeeded in off season "Unofficial" ones that are run (and I have run a few myself in the past) during the summer months, namely June or July.
I blame holidays and all that rot... *cough cough* Excuse me, I mean, "awesomely fun events" that consume every waking moment of my life for roughly 2+ months every year. I am finally accepting what I should have already learned from my past experiences:
I cannot Nano in November.
It's just not gonna happen. *sigh* I'm making a sad pouting face right now in real life, but it's just the way I roll, I suppose. I do most of my writing in the the Spring and Summer - always have. Sometime around September I drift into holiday-mode to keep my winter depression at bay, and it lasts from Halloween until my birthday in February. Even my blog posting routines mirror this pattern - as in, I am more active and post more frequently during those warmer months, and you rarely hear from me during the winter unless I'm forcing myself to post for an event or impending publication.
As for my progress update:
Ended up adding 22,000 words to Firechild... and about 9000 words on a super secret "something else" I'm not currently at liberty to share. I still consider this a win, because despite not hitting that lofty target, the progress I made this past month, in both my written work and other more personal goals, has been incredibly motivational. I may not have had very high hopes for my Nanowrimo this year, but the outcome of the work I did achieve was certainly more satisfying and of higher value to me and my ambitions. It makes my impending plans for the next year seem much more within my reach :D
To my fellow NaNoWriMo Scribblers:
No matter if you hit that 50K mark or not, every new word you wrote during this Nano was a step towards finishing your book. Congratulations, and keep going! The first draft is only the beginning! XoXo
For those of you scratching your heads and mouthing "NaNoWriMo?" with a puzzled expression:
NaNoWriMo is a month long event where both fledgling and professional writers alike commit to writing 50,000 words within the month of November (30 days). It is a shortening of "National Novel Writing Month" and has participants all over the world.