Unshy: When NaNo Drafts Don’t Work Out

Being Southern Somewhere Else

This past November, I participated for the first time in National Novel Writing Month, which is shortened to NaNoWriMo or just NaNo for those of us who are particularly lazy.  About halfway through, I stopped tracking my progress, although I ended the month with about half again the total number of words required to “win” the “contest.” Why did I stop checking in, comparing my daily word progress with other writers, participating in the spirit of the competition? Well, there are a number of reasons, but the most important one is that I don’t especially care for competition or the ego yardsticks that go with it.

I’m content to write for myself, and in that way, NaNo served a purpose.  It spurred me to put something down, nevermind the direction or plot, just start.  I didn’t finish the novel draft, just left it dangling at 83,000 and some-odd words. It’s…

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Michael Dellert is an award-winning writer, editor, publishing consultant, and writing coach with a publishing career spanning 18 years. He is currently working as an independent freelancer. He lives in the Greater New York City area.

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Michael Dellert is an award-winning writer, editor, publishing consultant, and writing coach with a publishing career spanning 18 years. He is currently working as an independent freelancer. He lives in the Greater New York City area.
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