December is here! And that means…NaNoWriMo Round-Up Time (and eggnog, lots of eggnog).
Election madness, Thanksgiving, major life changes- this may have been our most challenging NaNoWriMo ever. Yet, through it all the staff at StoryStudio sat down and did our best to keep writing. We set our own personal goals this year (read more about Jill’s CheatOWriMo here) and cheered on fellow writers going for that 50,000-word gold. Read below to find out how the StoryStudio staff fared for NaNoWriMo 2016.
Jill – Every year I start off with a bang. For the first week or so I wrote pretty much everyday, my 20-minute timer beside me. But then the election happened. Ironically, the election outcome made me write even more! Yay, Cheato-Wrimo. Ah, but then there was the traveling for Thanksgiving and then all the white foods (potatoes, turkey…you get it), and my timer stayed off for about a week. I rallied for the last week of the month and look forward to a strong finish.
Sherry – This year I made the conscious choice not to participate in NaNoWriMo. Sure, I’m disappointed that I wasn’t able to focus on my writing this year, but I also know that we, as writers, need to give ourselves a break. There will be times in our lives when we can push the envelope and write all the time. There will be times when we’re lucky if we can write 6 words before we fall asleep, exhausted. Instead of trying to do too much and making myself crazy and guilty, I choose to focus on truly enjoying the experiences I’m having right now. Besides, I’m sure these moments will be fertile ground for future stories.
Scott – My greatest NaNo experience was vicarious: watching my students set and meet their (ambitious!) goals. They’re all writing novels, and each made progress on their books, whether a new chapter, a page milestone, or moment of revelation about their characters. Congrats to them! It was inspiring.
Jen – I set my own NaNo goals this year, focusing more on finishing short stories than actual word count. My challenge as a writer is often finishing stories and getting them out into the world. I wanted to focus my energy on editing, polishing, and getting feedback.
Whether you finished your NaNoWriMo novel, hit a personal goal, or drank too much eggnog – pat yourself on the back. You’re a writer and we want to hear your story!