Friday, December 9, 2016

NaNoWriMo 2016 Recap: Sigh

So, NaNo 2016 is over, and for the first time in all my years of doing NaNoWriMo, I failed to reach the 50K word mark.

My downfall this year was not focusing on one project. I had written about my rebellious plan earlier last month, and even then I wasn't sure it was the right approach to a NaNo event for me. Turns out I was right. Whether that was a self-fulfilling prophecy for me or not, I'm not sure. And while not hitting 50K isn't the end of the world, it made me realize that for NaNo events at least, I need to stay focused on one project. Lesson learned.

Now, onto the positives! The group of writing pals I have and the larger NaNo community were just as amazing and fun to hang out with online as every NaNo event I've participated in. They are the reason I keep coming back, and many of my current writer friends I met through NaNo one way or another. I am so thankful for them, and they will probably never realize how much.

I also made significant progress on two of the three projects I was working on. The Orchard Pointe novella Jolene and I are writing is off to a great start, and we actually started another project that sort of jumped from our "stories to do one day" pile to "this needs to happen now" pile. That has been a ton of fun. Then again, writing with Jolene is always fun.

I did not make as much progress on my Parted Veil book edits as I wold have liked. This was another lesson learned for me. I have a tough time switching between writing and editing. I'll have to plan accordingly in the future.

So overall, I was productive over the month of November, but not successful in my NaNoWriMo goal. I'll be participating in both Camp NaNo events (in April and July) over the coming months, and I will take these lessons with me.

How did NaNoWriMo 2016 go for you? Let me know in the comments!