We all know about NaNoWriMo, right? That crazy time of year (known to normal people as ‘November’) when people around the world decide to write a 50,000 word novel in thirty days? Yeah, that. For the last two years, I’ve decided that it’s a thing that should happen to me.
Last year, it happened successfully, despite the fact I decided join in one third of the way through November.
This year, it wasn’t quite as successful, despite starting right at the beginning of the month. So I could be annoyed by this and disappointed at my failure and this would seem to be an appropriate reaction, something along the lines of the feelings I experience when I go to take a sip of my tea and realise that I’ve drunk it all without noticing.
“I’ve failed NaNoWriMo!” I declared to all and sundry, which resulted in roughly ten percent understanding nods and ninety percent bewildered looks.
And then I thought about it. In spite of one migraine, full-time work, several clarinet lessons, four four-hour band rehearsals, one friend’s music concert, a barbeque with the in-laws and extra rehearsals for Maroondah Carols, I managed to write 45,000 words of a story that has pretty much hijacked my imagination. And that doesn’t feel like failing after all.
So I did the logical thing and made a vlog about it.
Note the actually-not-that-bad freeze frame there. This never happens. Actually, all three freeze frame options looked OK, which I think is a world first for YouTube.
Did anyone else ‘fail’ NaNo this year? How did you go? Share your faily achievements here with me!
You can watch my first NaNoWriMo video here.