I am not going to “win” NaNo.
And I’m okay with that.
Last weekend I had a melt down. It happens occasionally. My neuroses get the better of me and I realized that something had to give. On Saturday night, I was willing to throw in the towel. My plan was to take the weekend off and return to working onLuck for Hire on Monday. Eric talked my out of my version of the plan and convinced me to keep working One Ahead for the next week. I wouldn’t win NaNo, but I’d come close. I decided that 45,000 words was a reasonable ending point. Haven’t hit it yet, but I will tonight.
The problem with NaNoWriMo is that it’s an abnormal situation, at least for me. On one hand, it’s nice to challenge yourself to reach farther than usual. On the other, sometimes a normal schedule is the better thing. I needed a normal schedule. October was not the rock it usually is. November has been busy on the VOTS side of things, more so than usual. December is going to different than usual too with our trip to Nebraska. And I needed a day off with nothing planned and nothing shirked.
For me, my NaNoWriMo’s mission has been accomplished. I have a nearly completed rough first draft of a novel that I didn’t have a month ago. Today, I’m feeling good about writing. That might not last long, but I’ll take it for today.
I’ll end this November with a link to Title to Come, a tumblr in the style of What Should We Call Me, but for writers. Truth is better when it’s funny.