And in Conclusion….

Another year, another National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. NaNoWriMo) concluded.

And here’s how the numbers played out:

Word count NaNoWriMo sets as the novel-written-in-a-month goal: 50,000 Words

Number of days spent on my NaNoWriMo novel: 22 (November 1-8, I spent touring Xi’an and Beijing with family)

Blog posts penned alongside my NaNoWriMo novel: 2

My final NaNoWriMo total: 24,076 Words

I’m a rather goal-oriented person; I’ve got a bit of a reputation for beating myself up over not attaining what were unrealistic aims in the first place. So those who know me well may be justifiably surprised to learn I’m at peace with having fallen short of even 50% of NaNoWriMo’s official goal. Just a few years ago, they would have been right; the numbers of the NaNoWriMo game would have been my primary focus. After all, I used to be that 14-year-old churning out a novel in the space of my 3-month summer hiatus from school. Continue reading “And in Conclusion….”

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Writer’s Block & NaNoWriMo

Confession: I have writer’s block.

Yes, I’ve already heard the classic argument that there is no such thing as writer’s block. And to a certain degree, I buy it: writer’s block should never be used as an excuse to avoid putting words on a page. Whether I feel like doing so or not, I sit down every week and complete my allotted writing hours, even when it means working on a project I’m not as excited about (editing, penning proposals, etc.) while I wait for inspiration to strike my fiction-writing brain.

But believe me: writer’s block is a genuine condition. Sadly, the past few months have afforded me plenty of personal experience upon which to ground that theory.

Approximately nine months ago, I finished writing (I’ve been told by my test readers) my best novel yet. Continue reading “Writer’s Block & NaNoWriMo”