NaNoWriMo Aftermath

Half a month ago, I was going strong. I’d written my prerequisite 25,000 words by November 15th and the home stretch was in sight. It was all downhill from there. But November 30th came and went and I didn’t reach the NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words in one month.

What happened?

Well, there were a few days I didn’t hit the daily goal of 1,666 words needed to write 50k in 30 days. There was one whole weekend I didn’t write at all. I wasn’t writing a novel for November, as the rules state (but aren’t rules made to be broken?) but rather trying to write as many short stories as possible.

No, strike that. I had five very specific short story ideas I wanted to write. If I could get them done in a month, I’d term it a success.

To that end, I did get all five stories done, wrapping up the fifth and final one today. My word count as the sun set on November 30th was 41,643 words. After finishing the final short story on my plate, I stand at 44,350 words. This is still a little short of NaNo’s official 50k, but I’m more than pleased with myself for finishing the stories.

Two of them, Hot Merchandise¬†and Santa Vic, will be published later this month through my company, JMS Books LLC. The other three are on schedule for January releases — Mojo’s Mojo¬†is the only one with a title, though. The other two (a gay YA romance and a second tattoo story) are still nameless until I settle on something I like. Titles are the second hardest part of a story for me to write. The first is the blurb.

So did I “win” NaNoWriMo in 2011? According to their standards, no, I did not. But I got into a daily writing habit again, which I sorely needed to do, and I finished five short stories, including two I’ve been wanting to write for a while now, since I got my last two tattoos earlier this year.

For that, I think maybe I won something after all.