It took me this long to admit — and it was painful — that I am going to give up on NaNoWriMo this year. It was my virgin attempt at NaNoWriMo (and at writing a novel as well) and I imagined it to be easier than it was. That was a blunder now I wish I hadn’t committed.
I took the whole process easy and didn’t put in a honest attempt until it was too late. I only really started writing around the mid-second week of November. I knew I can’t spend enough time writing with my Semester exams coming in the third week. Yet, I didn’t bother too much with NaNoWriMo initially.
I expected myself to do long hours at a stretch towards the end of the month and catch up with the backlog. It didn’t quite work out like that though. My quality of writing took a hit (massive enough to convince me to throw out everything I wrote thus far1) and I couldn’t force myself to sit and write either. It was difficult and it was ugly.
The whole episode was a regrettable mistake and as it turned out, I only wrote 16,000-odd words, far short of the 50,000 words required to rightfully win at NaNoWriMo.
At least, it wasn’t a lose-lose situation. I now know exactly what to look for, what blunders to avoid and how to get on and win at NaNoWriMo next year. Hurray for that!
And a takeaway too: Write early. Write often. It might be clichéd but it does apparently work wonders.
- I decided against it though. No father would discard his child no matter how naughty the child is. ↩