Winning at NaNoWriMo

I won NaNoWriMo. So did my sister. It’s a whole lot of work. I’m not even kidding. That, on top of work and family, along with all the other things that need to get done, keeps a person mighty busy. And somewhat stressed. But a certain amount of stress is supposed to be good for you. Right?

NaNoWriMo Winner 2019

I’m pretty proud of myself. And my sister, Sheila. And my daughter Zowie, even though she was presented with so many obstacles this month that she did not get as far with her writing as we did. She still did a great job, and can work on her book when she has the chance.

I won with 50,603 words. Sheila won the challenge, which is to write 50,000 words in 30 days, with 50,029. I don’t know about her, but my book is not finished yet. I still have at least two or three chapters left to write.

That’s the thing about winning the challenge. Winning doesn’t mean your book is complete. You may still have more to write in order to finish it. I’m planning to keep going with it until it’s done. That may be this month, it might be next. I’ll let you know when it happens.

I didn’t have ample time to prep for this challenge, because I wasn’t planning to do it this year. I was writing another book that I had hoped to finish in 2019, but I’ll now be finishing that one next year. Zowie told me I had to join, so I did. I feel real bad it didn’t work out for her.

What I know is, I need to start planning by June if I’m going to write a book in November. I need to think about the characters, what’s happening with them now, what happened before. I need to create the setting and the plot, and have a clue what is going on before I start.

There were times this year where I felt like I had no idea where I was going with the book because I didn’t have enough information, and I’d need to take a break go over my notes and think about it all. I’m not sure some parts of it are going to make much sense, and I’m fairly confident there will be some major changes during the editing process.

So my challenges were: Not enough time to prepare. Not knowing where I was going at certain parts. And therefore not being as into it this year as I have been in the past.

I will certainly be joining more NaNoWriMo challenges, but not every single year. Some years I just have other things I need to do. Will I next year? I don’t know.

~ Shannon



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