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#1 of 5 Old 11-28-2007, 11:00 PM - Thread Starter
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So I was behind on my word count going into the Thanksgiving week, and then I hosted my in-laws for a full week. : Needless to say, I'm VERY behind (just over 20,000). That being said, I've done too much work to just GIVE UP! I need help re-defining my goal. This d*mn thing has gotten me writing again for the first time in 6 years, so I'm already in love with NaNoWriMo : but I also desperately need some sense of conclusion, and if it's not reaching 50,000 by Nov. 30th, I don't know what it is. Am I the only one in this situation? Is there anyone else out there redefining success?

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#2 of 5 Old 11-29-2007, 03:47 AM
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Last year was my first nano, and I seriously wrote less than 2000 words. I was pregnant and in my first trimester and I just really needed to sleep every second that I was home. It was still a good learning experience, and I think I'll actually win this year!

Just push yourself a little bit farther than you think you can go the next couple of days. Be proud that you've written an extra 20k words this month--that's a lot! If you actually finish the story that you started for nano, then it was definitely worth the effort.

Good luck!
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I, too, am a NaNo loser. 2x in a row no less. :-D

First time I wrote about 10K but I was hit by a car at the very beginning of the month. Typing was not easy with being doped up on pain killers and having my r. hand in a splint and sling. I bowed out about the 2nd week because it was just too much for me

This year, I only got 8K due to baby, nursing, and a plot that I really didn't care about. It all conspired against me to ruin my NaNo.

Next year, I'm hoping will be my win. 3rd time being the charm and all of that.
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Karen, try googling NaNoFiMo (National Novel Finishing Month). I have heard about it, but haven't seen the site. They have a goal of 30,000 during December.

Also, I have two friends who did their 50,000 words, but are both shooting for 80-100,000. They are still keeping themselves set at 1000 words a day for a goal.

Good luck!
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I'm a NaNo loser too - though I hit 50K in the first week of December. I'm still plodding with it, but feeling like it is getting to a first draft stage where I'm ready to seek feedback.

What worked for me was continuing with the NaNo frenzy once a week, every week, until I got to this point. I arranged a bit of child care, or prepared our meals all in advance and lined up a bunch of DVD's for a day - whatever it took. My family and friends were supportive so ultimately that's why it worked.

I have four children under 8 so I simply couldn't sustain the writing frenzy beyond a day or two at a stretch. That's why I'm not joining any more of the WriMo challenges. I felt like I was the worst mother in the world during November but now I read back what my fingertips assisted my psyche to purge and I'm pleased I took on the writing challenge. It didn't matter that I didn't quite win. I probably could have fudged it in the last few hours but winning wasn't really the goal in the first place.

So if it feeds your soul, keep writing. Even if I never publish my story, the simple discovery that I can write this way was worth it.
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