The final days are upon us NaNoWriMo writers and Dec. 1 looks so good. Participants have just a few short days to meet the 50,000 word goal, and by now, writers can enter their work to be verified (so you aren’t writing a single word over and over again.) Here is how Bethany and Caryn are progressing:
Bethany: Well, I am behind, REALLY behind. I need at least two-thirds of the goal and there aren’t many days left. I just got distracted early, lost my focus, and then Thanksgiving threw me for a loop. My boyfriend’s mother and sister came in from Michigan on Tuesday evening and did not leave until Sunday afternoon. Before that, I had to majorly clean the apartment. Also, I am vegan, so I had to cook as much as I could for Thursday to share with my brother (also a vegetarian.) Because I was entertaining guests, I felt guilty doing any chores, one of which included NaNoWriMo. I sneaked in a couple hundred words, but that was it.
And now, I am trying my best not to admit defeat. I am still lacking ideas. I have been bothering my boyfriend for some, but he is overworked and exhausted from the holiday shopping weekend. He might be able to rally me to victory on Thursday, if he doesn’t sleep all day.
Caryn: I don’t think I’m going to make it either. It was nice to make some time to achieve one of the many items on my bucket list, but it’s not going to happen this November. I was busy with my part-time job, with the holiday season around the corner, and when I wasn’t working 60-plus hours a week, I was trying to find time to spend with my husband.
I really did have a lot of fun developing some characters and realizing what sort of plot I had for them. I think I’ll try to spend some time working on my novel once in a while in the coming year, and I think instead of having it be a modern romance as I originally intended, I might put some supernatural or sci-fi elements in it to be creative.
Next year, I don’t think I’ll do NaNoWriMo. Instead, I think I’ll do NaKniSweMo. It’s a challenge among knitters to try to knit an adult-sized sweater in the month of November. Carving out the time to knit will be just as difficult, but it’ll be fun, too.
Bethany, what are your plans for next November? And will you continue writing short stories or working with your boyfriend after this month?
Bethany: I decided to give up on my NaNoWriMo quest. I tried fiction in 2009; I tried short stories this year. I realized that I can’t spurt out 50,000 words in short story form; I get inspiration every day each year, not just all crammed into November. I can’t ask my family to act crazy on will, unfortunately.
My boyfriend, Jamieson, got busy with work as well, as the retail shopping extravaganza took over this month, and he manages a store. But I plan on working with him to get his story out, whether in book form, online or through art. As for my writing, I think I will continue throughout the year as the inspiration takes me. Maybe one day I will have a novel’s worth of words.