Tuesday, 5 December 2017

November Done and Dusted
NaNoWriMo is over for another year. Well, the main event is anyway. Last Thursday, November 30th, I logged 33,086 words. It was not the 50,000 I'd hoped for but I was very pleased that my second novel, 'Whispering Olive Trees', now stands at over 74,000 words.  


Should I be pleased that I'm 16,914 words short of my goal? The month started well but life then got in the way and I could have given up. However, apart from a day at the launch of the Flash Fiction anthology in Worcester I wrote about in the last blog post and a whole weekend when the family visited, I wrote every single day. Sometimes, it may have only been five or eight hundred words but they all added up. When I opened up my NaNo page the day after it had finished, I saw this:

I wasn't a NaNo winner but I was NaNo Writer. I'd got back into the novel, re-acquainted myself with my plot and got to know much more about my characters. Being with them in the warmth and sunshine of southern Greece certainly lifted my mood on some of those grey November days. The positive message from the NaNoWriMo team was this:

Wherever you're at in your novel, or energy-wise, you did something important this month: you took time to be a creator. You planned out new worlds and brought new characters into being. You followed your creative vision, and gave your story a voice.

What made this year special was a group of buddies who were there throughout supporting and encouraging me to keep going. Some, like me, didn't get to be 'winners' this time but all achieved so much over the thirty days; the interaction within the group was both motivating and inspiring. Thank you all. Special congratulations to those who did achieve their 50,000 goal! I'm so thrilled for them - Susanna BavinKirsten Hesketh, Tara Greaves and my local Cowbridge buddy, Catherine Burrows

THE BUSINESS OF BOOKS: IGNORING NOVEMBER – Jane Cable considers NaNoWriMo I was very pleased to contribute to Jane's article along with Susanna, Kirsten and another RNA member, Laura James. Click on the link to read what we had to say and how our experiences of NaNo differ. 

Before next November, there are other events during the year. Camp NaNoWriMo takes place every April and July. It's a 'lighter' version of the official NaNo. The rules are the same, except participants may choose any word count and may work on any writing project. It doesn't have to be a novel. A feature exclusive to Camp Nano is the cabins. These are virtual places for four to six participants. Writers have the option of inviting specific Wrimos into their cabin or joining a cabin where there are other writers of the same age, activity, word count goal or genre. They may also opt to join a random cabin or not join a cabin at all.There is a message board on which other Wrimos post messages for the other campers in their cabin. 

It has been said that NaNoWriMo is like marmite. Do you love it or loathe it? Did you take part in it this year? How did you get on?

Thank you for reading. You may also follow me on Twitter @JanBayLit and on my Jan Baynham Writer Facebook page.

10 comments:

  1. Well done, Jan. Not something I could do.x

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    1. Thanks, Judith. It’s not for everyone, I know. Although I didn’t write as much as I’d hoped I would, I’m still pleased to have pushed novel two on.

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  2. The wonderful thing about NaNo is that it gets writers to write more than they would do normally, and that alone makes it hugely worthwhile. I agree with you, Jan, that the group of online buddies and the conversational thread that kept going all month was a great encouragement. I love NaNo. Even in the years when I struggled (and there have been several of those), I still kept coming back for another go. And this year (as you have so kindly said in your post - thank you), I made it to the 50,000 words mark. Oh yes, and I love Marmite too.

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    1. Like you, I am a fan of NaNo for the fact it motivates writers to write more than they usually do. It was lovely for me to share your success. 🙂

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  3. NaNoWriMo aside, you *are* are writer, Jan. You already were.

    I neither love nor loathe it - I do know it works for some people. (The friend I mentioned when we talked about it before - she finished the novel she was working on. Not 50k but she got the 30k down she needed to finish.) Result!

    I'm plodding on with Book 3 - currently at 31K & untangling the muddle one line at a time!
    Marmite? Yum!

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    1. Thanks, Carol. I’m so glad your friend achieved her goal and finished her novel. Good luck with book 3 - can’t wait to read it. 🙂

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  4. I took part. I didn't win and probably won't be doing it again - but that doesn't mean I feel I wasted my time on this attempt.

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    1. No writing is ever wasted, is it? I shall be taking part again next year - I’m a glutton for punishment! If things go well, Novel 2 will be finished and fully edited and I’ll be starting book 3! I have the idea and shall try to plan it in detail so that I can start promptly.

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  5. Over 33,000 words in one month is wonderful, Jan! Congratulations, even if it isn't classed as 'winning'. I really ought to take part - but when November rolls around each year, I always seem to find a reason not to. I really should take the plunge next year!

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    1. Thanks, Sara. Not everyone needs the push that I do. I think it’s worth trying once to find out if it’s for you. See you as a NaNo buddy in November 2018.

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