NaNoWriMo: Success or Failure?

nanowrimo-logoThe answer to that will likely be a matter of perspective. If, like me, you failed to reach your 50,000 word count for the month, then yes. Or maybe not.

Our society tends to view success and failure based on sucessful goal completion. So how many of us who participated in NaNoWriMo actually fulfilled their quota? Not me.

This entire month has been a serious of challenges, learning experiences and, above all, a test of stamina. November was the best word count total for the year, 47,000. With October at 26,300 words, November beat that by 20,700 words. Three stories were completed and a fourth is half finished. That doesn’t sound so bad, does it?

Could the goal have been reached? There were four days this month no writing occurred. No excuses. I was tired and needed the break, but had I put a little effort into those missing day, 50,000 words could have been achieved.

Coming up short, I still view the month as a success. The whole exercise will benefit me in the upcoming months. December will be used primarily for editing, so a substantial word counted is not expected.

A 47,000 NaNoWriMo word count total is not bad. If you didn’t reach your goal, it’s okay. You wrote and wrote and wrote. The only failure is not in trying.

NaNoWriMo 2015: I’ll be ready for you.


About John Van Vliet

Author of the soon to be released "The H'Rhophyan Chronicles", a Fantasy Adventure Serial.
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