NaNo ate my novel and other excuses

I went into November with the best of intentions and little more than an idea for a great YA novel: it had a sarcastic protagonist, high school bullying, characters with symbolic names and a very. hot. boy. My word count goal was set: 50k words. No less, most likely no more either ; ) I didn’t make the goal, as “Marge” probably relayed last week… But I give myself a gold star for effort and wear my “participant ” badge proudly. I do have upwards of 35k words towards a pretty crappy rough draft with an amazing story line. So, no, I don’t think it was a waste of time, energy and talent (talent used loosely).

Not only did I write 3/4 of a rough draft of a novel in 30 days, but I inspired a class of 13 young writers to do the same! A third grade student of mine, Gwen, aimed for 300 words and wrote almost 450! Another third grader, Cody, blew past his goal of 300 and was still enthralled by his story at 500 words! A six grader, David, had high hopes of achieving 20k words, as this was his 3rd NaNo, but still wrote over 4 thousand words. (Yep, he’s my kid.) My youngest participant and my youngest son, Sam, 1st grade, 6-years-old aimed for 200 words and “wrote” over ONE THOUSAND! Now, that makes me feel like a true writer – by teaching and motivating others to reach their lofty goals.

Thank you al for sharing your NaNo journey. Now, onto the revision phase…

“Even though you may not know how to achieve a lofty goal, set it anyway. You will be surprised at how inspired you’ll be and you’ll likely take action you wouldn’t normally have taken.” ~Peggy McColl, Author & Speaker


Filed under Believe, NaNoWriMo

2 responses to “NaNo ate my novel and other excuses

  1. Woo hoo! Good for you!

    We had a good Nanotime, also. My two oldest daughters didn’t make their word goals this year, but they did a lot of writing, and made a decent showing, considering this is their senior year of high school and they have jobs now. My son spent his reading time rewriting last year’s novel, which I thought was admirable, since rewriting is sometimes harder than getting the first draft out there. I did make it to 50k, but it’s pretty bad and has several potential endings since I couldn’t decide. But all in all, it was a good month, and I’m so glad to get a full night’s sleep now that it’s all over. ZZZZZzzzzz

  2. 35 K is great for a month and the inspiration will last a lifetime!

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