Techie Tuesday is happening at a different time and place this week: it’s today over at Writers In The Storm. We’re running Part 2 of our series on Writerly Uses for Microsoft Excel. I hope you’ll pop over there and leave me a question!
In the meantime, I thought I’d do a quick ROW80 update to talk about NaNoWriMo. My initial goal was twenty-five thousand words.
I didn’t win, nor did I expect to with a whopping case of shingles on board, but the final stats were: 101 pages and 20492 words.
I never win NaNo, so I’m not bummed about that. But I was bummed that I missed my 25K goal by 4500 words until I talked to Natalie Hartford yesterday. When I told her I was chafing over it, she said:
Oh, so 100 pages wasn’t enough with shingles, work, a baby and writing? You slacker! 20,000 words is alot with all that happening. I think that’s fabulous.
And I stopped to think about it…and decided she was right. Go me! I might still be waking up daily with a shingles headache, but I’ve got 101 pages under my belt and more coming all the time. 🙂
NaNoWriMo, in my humble opinion, isn’t about the 50K. It’s about:
- Write-ins and community
- Parties and snacks
- Pep talks from the NaNo Team
- Writing Buddies
- And the sheer joy of literary abandon for a month
101 pages a month would finish 3-4 books a year. I’ve got to be sure I remember that and keep it going. Immersing myself in a community like ROW80 usually pumps up the motivation. Click here to encourage the rest of Team ROW!
If you did NaNoWriMo, what were your take-aways? What about all of you that struggle to get the words on the page…how are things going for you now that the holidays are here? Enquiring minds always want to know these things here at More Cowbell!
Speaking of holidays… the effervescent Natalie is on deck today in the Holiday Yum Blog Hop with French Lace Cookies (that name makes me want to whip out a bottle of wine and some cheese to go with them). Click here to see these gorgeous treats!