5 Things I Learnt from an Unsuccessful NaNoWriMo!

I lost NaNoWriMo. I think it was pretty clear that was going to happen after Update 1, and definitely after Update 2. I’m still excited about the story, and I’m still going to write it even now that November is over. And I learnt a lot from the experience and that’s good enough for me. So here are the 5 Things my unsuccessful NaNo taught me..

5 Things I Learnt from an Unsuccessful NaNoWriMo!

1. Not editing is the key
Editing is built into the way I write and turning that off was a tough lesson. Heck, I edited that last sentence before I finished it. But sometimes it’s good to turn that off and just see what happens. It can be good, it can be bad, it can be literal garbage but it’s worth it for the few times that something really magical gets written.
2. It might not be for me…
I was a mess trying to balance NaNo with my degree work, classes, and blogging. My health problems, physical and mental, reared their ugly heads. I don’t think I’m in a place right now where I can do without the small flexibility that I allow myself of not writing.

3. Co-Writing is hard

Do you know what’s harder than organising one persons life to add everyday writing? Doing it with two people. Then add different timezones, personal lives and a busy month. But- it’s worth it. I love writing with Ashley and I think we’ve started something great. It just might take longer, we’re shuffling zombie writers rather than 28 Days Later zombie writers.

4. Failure isn’t the worst
I have to keep drilling this into my brain because it’s hard for me to believe. The way my education worked, failure was the worst possible thing on the planet and if you didn’t do well then your entire life would be miserable. But there are worse things. And everyone learns from failure. I just have to keep reminding myself of that.
5. People who complete NaNo are warriors
Seriously. 50,000 words is a lot! And people were writing that much and surpassing it. Everyone who took part in NaNo is brilliant, even if you don’t win. But 50,000 words… Warriors! And I can’t wait to read the books I heard about while they were being written last month.

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NaNoWriMo Check-In #2

I wanted to write these check-ins to keep myself accountable for NaNo and I’m totally regretting it. I haven’t been writing! There’s not much difference from my first check in because the past fortnight has been horrible; both my co-writer and I have been sick, the election happened which was just awful, and I haven’t hit my sweet spot yet.

Laptop with a notebook and pen

The Plan
We took some time out and planned up to Chapter 8 which took some time but helped with understanding where our characters would be at what time, and the pace. Pace is always important when it comes to zombies, and not just the question of running zombies or shuffling zombies. We want to get the spread of the infection right. Too fast and there’s just chaos, too slow and what’s the point. So *spoiler alert* Chapter 8 is when shit goes down.

“I think we’re determined and doing our best considering our schedules. We have a lot of heart.” 
She’s right, as always. We’re going to get this done. We’ve written things in the past that have spanned over three years, different laptops, jobs, huge life events- and we still finished it. No abandoned projects when we’re working on them.

The Word Count
Just over 3500

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NaNoWriMo Check-In #1

It’s Day 2 of NaNoWriMo and I’m doing a quick check-in before I start writing today. In four weeks today it’ll all be over, and I’d love to have a record of how I did and what worked and didn’t. But I’m getting ahead of myself! NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month where writers around the world get together and write a first draft of 50,000 words in November. Here’s a bit more about my NaNoWriMo…

The Co-Writer
I’ve mentioned Ashley, and linked her blog before, but in short- we met 7 years ago in a The Walking Dead chatroom and a bunch of us just became buddies. As you do with strangers on the internet. We still watch the show, and I love it, even if it has become garbage. Season 6 ended with a cliffhanger that got most fans annoyed and that with the continuity problems led to this conversation and the beginning of it all:

The Story
Late last year, I had an idea for a podcast. It hasn’t yet come into fruition because, in short, 2016 has been awful for my group of friends that I’m doing it with. Without giving too much away, it’s about transatlantic friendships and zombies, because write what you know, right? My character is a 999 Ambulance service operator called Velma. And hopefully in a week, I’ll have something I’ve written that I’ll want to share and a title that isn’t just ‘Ashley and Imogen Write a Novel.’

The Word Count
At the moment- 294. Don’t judge me. I haven’t written yet today.

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