Final Word Count: 10,809
Started a total of three stories, completed one out of 10 short story ideas
I decided to just put my stats up front and as you can see, I did not complete my goal of 50,000 words so I did not win NaNoWriMo 2020. But anyone who didn’t complete the goal isn’t really a loser. We wrote! I wrote pretty consistently and I hadn’t done that in a while. I’ve fallen off the wagon again, but like with other areas of my life, I’m not guilting and shaming myself. Because when I do that, I just end up feeling bad and still not writing. But I do plan to work on the stories I started and the other story ideas I have. But I think I will rest and plan for next year. December always sets a mood of reflection for me and I want to do that with my writing as well.
I really want to push myself to draft a short story collection. I’ve talked about that before but I feel the desire for that growing and I need to start taking it seriously if I want to see it happen. That’s part of why NaNo was so important; it was kind of a kickstarter for the collection. And I won’t get too deep into details. I need to focus on writing more stories and come up with a more solid idea for what I want the collection to look like and feel like overall.
But please tell me how your NaNoWriMo went. I’ve seen some writers on Twitter state that NaNoWriMo isn’t over until the end of December especially since we’re also still dealing with a pandemic and all the problems and emotions that go along with it. So please be kind to yourself if you didn’t win. And as always, keep writing.