NaNoWriMo 2018 I didn’t ‘win’ …

… but does this mean that I ‘lost’? I have an issue with the vernacular used by the burghers of National Novel Writing Month. If you achieve the target of 50,000 words during the month of November they tell you you have ‘won’ NaNoWriMo.¬†This implies that I, who achieved ‘only’ 32,022, somehow lost.

Okay, so I didn’t meet the target that I started the month fully expecting to do – having done it two years ago. But life intervened. Namely, railing against the total chaos that is Brexit.

On the plus side, NaNoWriMo forced my imagination into gear and I have the bones of a novel that I believe will be my best yet. It’s innovative and challenging in terms of plot, character and structure and I’m excited by the prospect of finishing it during 2019.

So thanks, NaNoWriMo, even if you think I’m a loser.


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