I thought it might be time for me to talk about what did and didn’t occur during the month of November. I owe you something of an update after all.
So, as you know, I decided to participate in Nanowrimo this year to support a fellow friend. I also decided that I would write long hand with a fountain pen.
Both of these things occurred and went well. I enjoyed writing and wrote an average of 1000 words per day give or take. I nearly filled the first of four notebooks I had purchased for the event. I refilled my pens once.
And then the second week of November came along carrying with it a video game that I had been gifted 5 months earlier for my birthday. Fallout 4. I had been waiting patiently for Fallout 4 to arrive and once it was in my hands I could think of nothing else. I had to play the game. And play I did, for the remainder of November. Nanowrimo was pushed aside without further thought.
I didn’t put the controller down until the first week of December, about 4 days ago, I think. The need to constantly play Fallout has now waned to a more “manageable” level and Matt can now watch telly in the living room again. This also meant I could look back at where I stopped writing.
Before I let myself get sucked into the post-apocalyptic world of Fallout 4 I managed to write a total of 9033 words. This was the last word count that I had written down. Given that this was the beginning of the second week and I was writing long hand, I feel pretty good about that number.
Am I upset with myself for not finishing Nanowrimo, or that I let myself get distracted by other things? Not really. I did learn something about my writing process. I am apparently not a very good “by the seat of your pants” writer, even if I did come up with a rather great idea to start off with. (It is certainly an idea that I feel is worth exploring and planning out more to create a more cohesive story.)
So there you have it. My November in a nutshell. If you participated in Nanowrimo how far did you get?