Friday, November 30, 2012

Winning

It's November 30th which can only mean one thing, the last day of NaNo! Okay so maybe it can mean more than one thing, but you catch my drift. So the question begs to be asked. Did you win?

The answer, is yes and no. Before I go into details, I will preface this by saying how much I believe in the 'something is better than nothing' mantra and I did get a lot accomplished this month.

I thought this picture was hilarious. Maybe it's because I'm tired and everything is funny, but still. Ha!
 
I didn't write 50,000 words in the month of November. I wrote 46,000 words. I know if I really pushed myself I could write 4,000 words today and still count it as a win. But here's the thing, (I know how much you all love excuses) I finished the novel I started for NaNo, and I've been working on fixing EXISTENCE. It doesn't need words added to it so much as a slash and add and slash some more.

So there you have it. I did finish a novel in the month of November. I actually started it and wrote 13,000 words in October and the book ended up being 50,000 words exactly. I wrote those 50K in a month which is why I say that I won, but I didn't win.

Would it be wrong of me to claim that winners badge anyway?

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On a completely unrelated note, an old friend of mine has started a writing blog that I suspect is going to be all kinds of awesome! She's just getting started and could use some writerly peeps. Since I know my writerly peeps are the best, I urge you to go follow her here. Thanks for being awesome!

27 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

I think that counts as a win! Congrats on everything you achieved!

Ava Jae said...

Congratulations on completing your novel! 50,000 words or not, it's still a fantastic achievement! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You should claim it!
When I participated in BuNo this past June, I hit 46,000 words as well. But it still felt like a win, because I needed that prompt to get my third story written. (And I finished in July with 82,000 words.)

Louise Bates said...

Completing a novel is a TOTAL win! Way to go!

L.G.Smith said...

That's my one gripe about NaNo. I think it encourages word count, but dilutes the big picture goal, which is writing an entertaining novel. If you did that, you win. :)

Amy Jarecki said...

Yep, I'd say it's a win. I didn't do NaNo, because I was finishing up a MS and needed to edit. I couldn't drop everything and start on something new. Congratulations!

prerna pickett said...

as long as you're happy with your results, it doesn't matter if you 'technically' got to the 50,000 or not. I'm hoping to get to 30,000 by the end of today...we'll see.

Donna K. Weaver said...

You shouldn't be able to claim a winners badge unless you verify with them. Just my opinion, but it's their badge and they get to call the rules.

BUT, you did awesome and you should get something for your effort, even if it's not the winner prizes from the NaNo site. You could make your own badge.

Samantha May said...

You totally win! At least you didn't put up a picture of Charlie Sheen. That would have been rather terrifying :D

I'm off to visit your friend's blog!

Anonymous said...

Yes ma'am, name it and claim it. The point was to work on a novel and push yourself to get it written and you did it. YOU DID IT!

Matthew MacNish said...

I'd call that a win. Congrats!

Off to meet your friend ...

Jenny S. Morris said...

You win! Claim that prize. I shiny new novel. ;)

VikLit said...

Congrats on finishing your novel!

Gwen Gardner said...

Definitely a win - claim the badge. Congratulations! I'll head over to visit your friends new blog:)

Carol Kilgore said...

I've never done NaNo, so I don't know if that counts as an official win. But it's definitely a win in every other way. Congrats!

Your friend has a cool blog :)

Anonymous said...

Close enough! You win! And i think winning should be captured with dirt and mud and blood and torn clothes to show the sacrifice.

Cynthia said...

I say, go for it! Congratulations with all the work you did this month!

Annalisa Crawford said...

Definitely a win in my book (oh dear, I can't stop using that pun...)

Livia said...

You totally won, Jennie! You were 4,000 words to the finish line but what the heck, claim the prize! You did it!

Our collab project is gonna rock and it's just the beginning! :)

Rena said...

Win. That's definitely a win.

Rebecca Lamoreaux said...

Jennie, that is completely awesome that you finished your novel! I would absolutely count that as a win! Also, thanks for the shout out to my blog - I have been very happy to have people check out my work and be supportive.

Mandi said...

I think it goes without saying that if you're happy, you won. I think NaNo is about learning who you are as a writer. It's not always about the words. The words are the goal and what you drive to achieve, but the objective is to be a writer and at 46,000 words, I'd say you were a writer.

I'm still not sure how I did it, but I wrote 75k words this year. My personal goal was only 65k but I just kept plugging and chugging and there I was, WAY ahead of schedule!

Considering last year I only made it to 54k and I hated my story, I'd say this was a pretty darn awesome year.

Lynn(e) Schmidt said...

I'd consider that a win, take the button :)

Carrie-Anne said...

Congratulations on all your progress! I'd consider that winning, since as far as I understand, NaNo can also be about adding to something you already started, not always starting and finishing a book in that month.

I didn't officially do it, but I did write 50,000 words in my WIP, and probably wrote a few thousand in the WIP I put on hiatus early this month.

Kelley Lynn said...

Oh that completely counts. Give yourself that badge! :)

I'm heading to check out the friend's blog now :)

Krista McLaughlin said...

That totally counts! :) Congrats!! :)

Ciara said...

It's a win!