What a month.
If you scroll through my blog, you'll see five days of Camp NaNoWriMo and then this post. This is because, as you have probably figured, I wrote for five days and then stopped.
The catalyst for this was taking a trip to Winona and getting off rhythm, but the real kicker was a combination of an unrealistic word count goal and too complex of a high-concept fiction. I really like the idea I have, but to get the timeline to work properly, I can't be spitting out 3K words a day at high speed. At 3K words a day, I was forcing myself to write 500-1K words during lunch at work, and then spending about 2-3 hours after work trying to spit out the rest of the words.
It was a practice that became tiresome.
So, did I win or did I lose?
The spirit of Camp NaNoWriMo is that it's not November and that the rules don't really matter. You get to set up the rules that you play by. I set out lofty goals knowing that at the very least I would get some fodder for a future month, and you know what, that's exactly what I ended up doing. I'm now sitting on a little under 15,000 words that I can use to either supplement or super boost my work for next November, so in that sense I think I won.
I also didn't come anywhere near a finished product, so in that sense I lost hard.
Anyway, I just wanted to post an update because I have some other ideas for posts on this blog, and I felt it appropriate to stick in a concluding explanation before I did so.
Go forth and have a lovely day y'all.