You’re a NaNo Winner, And Here’s Why

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It’s November 4th. NaNo has hardly started, but I already feel like it’s been going on for weeks. On the other hand, these past four days have gone by with a little whooshing sound in my ear.

The past two NaNos in which I partook were uneventful, but this year, I suspect, will be more difficult. I’m living with my grandparents currently, and in a few weeks we’ll be moving into our new house on the other side of Tennessee, not to mention Thanksgiving and Christmas prep. I’m just thanking God that I’m homeschooled and I don’t have a job, so I don’t have to worry about any of that.

Perhaps I’m overreacting, but I’ve already foreseen my accepting failure. I’m behind on my word-count as I type, there’s no chance of my being successful in Double Day tomorrow, and I just can’t do it. I said to myself, “I knew I had to fail some year. Might as well be this year.”

Okay, I was really overreacting.

That was my mindset when I got into bed last night, knowing I was several hundred words behind but unwilling to stay up late (again) to try and fix it. This morning, however, was a new day.

Even if you’re new at NaNo, you’ve probably heard/read the term “NaNoWriMo Winner.” I even have a t-shirt that reads, “NANOWRIMO 2015 WINNER.” Their definition of “winner” is someone who makes it the last mile, someone who sticks to it and writes a novel in 30 days. NaNo is like a game, in a sense that, at the end, some will “win.”

I bought my t-shirt within the first week of the month (last year). I didn’t know if I would win or not, but I was excited and I was confident in my ability to write a novel.

Allow me to get something straight: “NaNo winner” should not be defined as “finishing by November 30th.” Because are we losers if we try as hard as we can, but still fall short? Absolutely not.

Things that define a “winner”:

  • Agreeing to partake in NaNo (and following though, even if you’re nervous about that first day).
  • Having the confidence to give it your all.
  • Finishing your novel, regardless of whether you write “The End” in November, January, May, etc.
  • Writing during November.

Things that do not define a winner:

  • Writing 50,000 words in 30 days. (But if you still manage to do it, that’s pretty cool, too. 😉 )

Even though we aren’t even a week into this thing, I think some of us could use this reminder throughout the month. (I know I do.)

If you need an extra pick-me-up, check out the post that inspired this one: 5 Things to Remember When You Feel Like a Failure, from Radiant Ramblings.

Good luck, winners, and have a fabulous day! 🙂

Update: I have a little buddy helping me reach my WC this afternoon! (A special thanks to my brother, for taking the photo himself when my phone didn’t have enough storage.)


5 thoughts on “You’re a NaNo Winner, And Here’s Why

  1. You are definitely a winner as far as I’m concerned, Sam! Way to encourage all of us who are discouraged about NaNo. 🙂 Thanks for linking to my blog (again). I hadn’t actually thought about NaNo while I was writing that, but its the perfect application!

    1. Haha, thank you, and you’re welcome! 😉 Your post can apply to anything, really, but when I read it NaNo immediately popped into my mind. Seeing as your post made the anxious part of my mind relax, I figured someone else could get that same feeling from it, even if their situation doesn’t apply to NaNo.

  2. Hey Sam! Great post! Was that your new house in the picture, or your old house? It is really stressful at times to have to get way more on your WC than you have time and ideas for. I’m excited to see where I’ll be at the end of the month!

    1. Hi, Aynsley! Thanks! 🙂 In the photo it’s actually my grandparents’ house, we don’t get into our new place till Thanksgiving. 😉 Good luck and have fun with your WC!

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