NaNoWriMo Winner

This is going to be a non humourous, self congratulatory post. You see, this year I entered the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) contest. In my last post before November began, I outlined my strategy of trying to write a set of short stories rather than a novel and my writing goal each day would be to complete one computer page (approximately 600 words or 2 paperback pages).

But my sister Laurel L. Russwurm (Now a 3 times NaNoWriMo winner) suggested that I at least try the 1667 words per day. I had been hesitant to commit because even though I’ve written off and on for 15 years my largest output in a day was 3 computer pages or basically the output I would have to do every day for NaNoWriMo. I agreed to at least start off with that as my goal.

The first and second day I succeeded both times and indeed tried to push myself even further writing 4 pages and 3 ½ pages respectively. I felt funny that second evening, like I was pushing myself too hard and that last page or ½ page seemed to take much longer per word. So for the rest of the contest I mostly did my 3 pages and left it at that.

So 3 pages was my goal and it actually works out to something like 2000 words. I only missed 3 days and finished a few days ahead of time. So I’m unexpectedly happy with my November output.

One final note. I still haven’t written a full novel. But I’ve heard of the mid novel lull where writers strain to put interesting things on the page. I missed this challenge by writing short stories. However I think the writing of short stories is just as hard because I had to restart 6 times and this beginning phase slowed down my progress by quite a bit. Next year I am going to try the novel. I have a novel in mind that is related to my short stories.

Congratulations to all the winners of NaNoWriMo and to all those people who have won just by participating.

About Larry Russwurm

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