The above title may have led you down the garden path just a little, especially considering my absence of late. So let me set the record straight. I have not completed NaNoWriMo. The Write your novel in a month challenge. And as someone rightly pointed out to me, this does not make me a failure.
As I started it I was quite happy that I knew what my story was about and the characters were starting to talk to me. The problem was, my first manuscript still hadn’t been finalised. The crime fiction novel. And I was trying desperately to do both and get the crime one back out on query and do NaNo, but it was an impossibility. I was driving myself into the ground.
I had to make a decision and decide what my priorities were at this point in time and I chose to finish one project before starting another and to be honest as writers I think it’s important. It’s so easy to get sucked into another one when a new story is buzzing around in your head, but after so much work has gone into one, it’s just not fair on yourself or your manuscript, to leave it so close to finished and go off and leave it.
So, the past few weeks, I’ve not been doing NaNo, I’ve been working really hard on the crime fiction novel and it’s about ready to spread it’s wings and go out into the world on query again.
I didn’t fail NaNo. I decided, maybe a little too late, not to compete in it this year. The story is still there and it’s still going to be written, but it will work better if I focus on one thing at a time.
I did miss the great camaraderie that was about with NaNo once I stopped. It really does have a fantastic feel about it. So encouraging. Hopefully next year I will finish everything I’m doing in time and get myself in the right place to do it. I’m so proud of everyone who gave it a good go. 50,000 words or not.