Happy Thanksgiving! Who's doing NaNoWriMo this year? If you're still in the game, no matter how many words you threw down on the page by today, congratulations on getting this far! You can ignore all those Black Friday sales and knock the rest out this weekend while everybody else is busy brawling over the latest Nintendo Switch! Yes you can!
Below is the victory message I posted at the end of November 2009, one of the years I actually wrote something during NaNoWriMo that later became a properly finished novel. I am thinking about releasing it this spring under the title The Grove of Thorismud.
WINNER WINNER TURKEY DINNERRarrrr! I'm a NaNoWriMo WINNAR!
Congratulations to all my fellow winners! And I mean both kinds--the ones who pounded out 50,000 words despite family drama and technical difficulties, and the ones who were so thoroughly beaten to a pulp by unfortunate events in November that it was impossible to achieve their original word count goals and kept on writing anyway. Because isn't that the spirit of NaNoWriMo?
Winston Churchill said, "Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm." I think that can be a more powerful accomplishment than writing any number of words in any amount of time.
Good job, everyone! We are all winners! Now let's skip on over to the editing side of writing... um, maybe in January. It doesn't hurt to let all those doughy, misshapen NaNo documents rest a bit before we punch down their jubilant bubbliness and beat and knead and mold them into the shape of a proper rough draft so they can move on to the next stage... half baked. Just putting things in perspective.
But my, aren't we having fun? I know I am--AND I cannot wait to read some excerpts from other WriMos' work when we get together weekly in 2010 to critique and revise. A friend of mine wrote a gay zombie love story. Another friend wrote a ghost story about a fake cowboy, with nudists. I wrote a fantasy about what happens when the characters from two fairy tales collide. It's called Sleeping Beauty and the Beast of Vepreskastel.
What did YOU write last month? Please brag and gloat. This is the month to glory in our own typing skills and genius creativity and party it up before settling down to the real business of noveling craft--for those of us who want to take it to the next level.
GOOD JOB! Now spill--What insanity was born from your twisted mind last month?