Just over 2 weeks to go before NANOWRIMO 2021 starts. Are you getting excited ? Apprehensive? Nervous? or just like myself scared to death? It's that time of the year that we either love or hate. In the past I've 'won' NANO a few times but sometimes I've failed spectacularly.
I remember my first attempt, all of 12 years ago now, when half way through I realised that a plot hole the size of the Atlantic ocean appeared. It stopped me dead. I know I should have just carried on, but I was more critical back then. I could have sorted it out in the editing, yet back then it gnawed away at me until I caved in and quit. Not my finest hour... It was four years before I tried again. This time I hit the 50,000 with a couple of days to spare. Sadly it was only half finished and it's stayed that way ever since. Another 'failure'.
The next few years, I hit a streak of 'winning' stories. All hitting the magical 50,000. Still I never went on to finish them. It was like a block that hit me. The month had finished, and I fell out with the story. I pushed it aside promising to return. They still all sit there in my onedrive, all ready to be picked up. The stories planned out still in the mind, as fresh as a daisy but no longer a priority. To be fair though I've only every finished one work of any length. If you look at the rest of my works on these web pages you'll see more unfinished work. NANOWRIMO still makes me want to compete though. I promise myself I'll get better and finish one.
This year I'm having yet another attempt to do NANO and finish the story. Hopefully I'll have more sucess with this one. It's one I started a year ago and then abandoned. So I'm starting again with a better plan.
The beauty of NANOWRIMO is that you get to write constantly for a month. Lockdown wasn't good to me in that respect. Not much completed, never mind completed. Fingers crossed I'll get there this time.