Won and Done

I realized I missed posting about NaNo last week. The holiday threw me off. I was out of town on Thanksgiving and had house-guests the day after. I kept meaning to create a post and back-date it, but the week got away from me. I caught a cold, had to work on my final exam, and all of the regular life stuff this week.

This year, I hit 50k words a few days early, and unlike previous years, once I hit 50k, I was done. I didn’t keep writing. I tied up my character’s story, and then I put it away. I may not get it back out. While I did manage to balance work, class, editing internship, being ML for the region, and writing, as well as regular life stuff that included cooking for Thanksgiving, I never really got into my story. I never had the magical moment of it writing itself. It did take some twists and turns I wasn’t expecting, and the world is just as magical as I had hoped, but I never really felt it. Perhaps it was because I was too busy to really appreciate it and had too many other commitments to get sucked into it. I hope so. I hope writing hasn’t lost its magic for me.

At any rate, I have bragging rights. I can say I have won NaNo eight out of nine years now. I got to hang out with my writing family so many times this month. I had a lot of fun. I really did. Just not so much with the writing part.

In January, we here at the Confabulator Cafe are talking about having a writing month just for our group. I’m looking forward to a more relaxed chance to write with the gang. My editing classes are done, my editing internship should be drawing to a close, and I will have all of December to relax and do whatever I want. Perhaps I can capture the magic of writing in January. If anyone can help me with that, it’s my amazing group of writing friends!

Sara is a Kansas-grown author of the fantasy and horror persuasions. She is convinced that fantastical things are waiting for her just around the corner, and until she finds the right corner, she writes about those things instead.



  • Neil says:

    I suspect you’re just being overly hard on yourself. Once you’ve put some distance away from your stress, I’m sure you’d be able to pull it back up and appreciate the brilliant moments you don’t even remember writing.

    Just like you’ll realize that you were an amazing Co-ML, and I made you do all of the really hard stuff.

    • Thanks, Neil. And…thanks. You are probably right. You have the sage wisdom gained from being a Lawrence ML, so I should probably listen to you.

      And the stuff I did as ML? Not hard at all. Not for me, at least. Sounds like we had the perfect division of labor, and that we both did the things that played to our strengths, so I say again, we made a great team :)

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