Wednesday 4 December 2013

IWSG: NaNo Fail :(

It's the first Wednesday of the month, and time for another round of Insecure Writer's Support Group posts. The IWSG was started by Alex J. Cavanaugh, sci-fi writer and blogger extraordinaire. You should definitely pay his blog a visit, if you haven't already. For more information about the group itself, you can also visit

Right. In case you haven't guessed it already from the title of my post, I took the bull by the horns this past November... and I was trampled silly. So I guess my insecurity for the month centers around my failure to win my first ever NaNo. But things are so hectic at work right now, that I haven't even had time to ponder over it.

In retrospect, writing 50,000 words in one month, whilst grinding it out at my day job, was a bit over ambitious and optimistic. I work Mondays through Saturdays effectively, but I figured if I was able to write full turbo every Sunday in November, maybe, just maybe, I'd be able to win the challenge. Well, now I know better.

I haven't even tallied my actual total for the month. That's how hectic things are. I almost even forgot that today was the first Wednesday of the month. Now I am hastily typing this post, stealing looks over my shoulder and hoping that my boss doesn't come strolling my way. The bane of being a slave to the corporate world.

But like I said in a previous post, NaNo isn't all about winning. It's about getting that much closer to having a complete novel. So I am going to cherish the words I did manage to get down this past month. All 20,000 or so of them. And why not!? After all, they were good words (well, mostly). Plus it sure beats kicking myself over the words I didn't write. :)


  1. That's right! Even if you didn't hit 50,000, it's more than you would've if you hadn't attempted NaNo. Big win in my book.

  2. I kind of figured you didn't hit the goal, but at least you're seeing the bright side. The worst thing you can do is abandon a project like this (although I've done so twice and did not end up regretting it either time, since the second one really did need to be walked away from at that point). You end up with a good start to a new project, and sometimes that's really all you need to know. Congratulations all the same!

    1. Thanks, Tony. And congratulations once again, for making it to 50,000 words. :D

  3. Honestly, I think it's better to think of NaNo as a motivational tool rather than something you can fail at. As long as you got even one page down, that's a win.