Vlog Time: Failing NaNoWriMo

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!


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You can watch my first NaNoWriMo video here.

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Shonk 10th December 2014 - 5:04 pm

What do you mean, I’m not procrastinating.

Good to see you getting back into things, blogs, videos and all!

Katie Writes Stuff 10th December 2014 - 5:18 pm

Thanks! It’s good to be back in the swing of things.

Janet Stapleton 5th January 2015 - 8:35 pm

“Faily achievements” …haha…love it! I really excel at those. 45,000 words?! I wouldn’t call that a fail, I would call it half a book! 😉

Katie Writes Stuff 5th January 2015 - 10:04 pm

Exactly! It seemed like such a shame to consider it a fail when I’d actually achieved something of reasonable significance. 😀 Now to write the other half of that book…


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