I have completed… Nano 2009!

30 November, 2009

Yup, that’s the official Nanowrimo 2009 winner’s logo up there. Well done to everyone who participated, whether you reached the goal of 50K or not. The fact that you tried is something to be proud of!

I have to admit this year was a bit of a toughie. I had two great ideas, one was a murder mystery (set in the late 1920s) and the other literary fiction (angst, complexes, feminism, you name it) and opted for the former as I thought it would be easier to outline and less vague, and I get to revisit my favourite character from Nano 2006. Well, I had my victim, the murderer was one out of three possibilities and I had an outline which had the first three points and the conclusion. Not a great start. And on top of that, I couldn’t write on the first day. And on the second day, I went straight home from work, set everything up to start writing and went to bed an hour early. What?? I hear you say. Exactly my response.

So I pretty much struggled the whole way. It wasn’t that I couldn’t write 1667 words a day. I find that if I give myself two hours every day I can normally complete my daily word count, but this year I just thought a lot more about the substance of what I was writing. Not the quality because that is something you can revise and improve, and it is a first draft after all, but substance. Whether what I was writing was meaningful to me and to my story. I didn’t really think about that the last three times I did Nano because I was enjoying myself too much and it actually turned out pretty well. And Nano is really about enjoying yourself and enjoying writing.

I guess this year somehow my heart wasn’t in it. But I’m glad I did it because it showed me that I can actually sit down and write. So all I need to do is to keep up this habit of putting aside some time every day to write. Anyway, I plan to keep on at this story just to see where it will go and whether I can settle on a murderer. And I’ll be reading more books about the creative habit and writing. Wish me luck!

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8 Responses to “I have completed… Nano 2009!”

  1. softdrink Says:

    Congratulations on finishing!

  2. gnoegnoe Says:

    Wow, well done! I could never manage it — and I don’t want to anyway 😉

  3. Mystica Says:

    Congratulations on completing the challenge.

  4. chasing bawa Says:

    Thank you guys! Anyone want to join me next year?

  5. Tony Malone Says:

    Congratulations! Hope you manage to turn your efforts into a full novel 🙂 I had a hard enough time completing a 2000-word short story in time for Free E-Day (available free at my blog)!

  6. chasing bawa Says:

    Motivating yourself after November is extremely hard…and I don’t even want to think about the revision. But it was a great experience. And I don’t think writing a 2000 word short story is any easier. Writing anything is hard because you put so much of yourself into it, but totally worth it! Well done Tony!

  7. Tony Malone Says:

    Thanks! Maybe the story will turn into a novel one day (when I have a lot more time than at present!).


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