Well, that’s that then for another year.
NaNoWriMo went about as well this time around as it did in 2014. This year I managed a grand total of 45,000 words. Yep. 5,000 off the target. I am so annoyed at myself!! I know that come the end I was writing words for the sake of it, not because they added anything to the story, but I so wanted to reach my target, especially as I have been suffering a lot with writer’s block this year. The idea I had was something I’ve never really considered writing about before, but its been difficult to write, not just because I’m inexperienced with the subject matter (always dangerous) but because I’ve found it really hard to find the time.
This November just was not the November for me to decide to write 50,000 words. Yesterday, I finished work at 5 p.m., hurried home and wrote for an hour before having to go out to a council meeting, when I got home, I wrote a bit more (albeit with London Spy on in the background) but I just found that I was writing for writing’s sake and as much as I wanted to get the extra 5,000 to hit my target, I just couldn’t do it, I had nothing left in me to write about.
So. That’s that.
It’s not all doom and gloom though, last year’s effort ended at about 19,000 words due to said writer’s block and the entire manuscript was saved to a hard drive never to see the light of day again. This time, I have 45,000 words of story that actually has potential. My new challenge is to have a workable first draft by January, which I can then maybe get to a point where I’m happy to share it with people.
So, there you go, 2015’s Nano story, done. I’d love to hear everyone else’s progress, did you hit your targets? Are you happy with your creation? Can I read it maybe? Let me know!
Now though, its time for a new challenge, I’ve decided to take on Vlogmas over on my YouTube channel in the hope that forcing myself to upload a video every day until Christmas Day will in fact help with my creative juices and get me over this whole writer’s block barrier thing. We hope anyway. If you don’t have an advent calendar/ are lactose intolerant/ vegan/ not buying into the whole capitalist calendar idea/ don’t celebrate Christmas, maybe check it out? I can’t guarantee that it will be entertaining or make up for the lack of chocolate, but I’ll try my darndest!