Are You a Winner? And ROW80

2013-WinnerYesterday, I pasted the text of my novel (with a bit of the secondary novella tossed in) into the NaNoWriMo word count verifier. It told me I was a WINNER! I also got to see a funny video of the NaNoWriMo office staff cheering. It was a great feeling. So yes, one big goal accomplished.

But what about all those who signed up for NaNoWriMo but didn’t write 50,000 words last month? That’s where I take issue with the whole “winner” thing. IMO, if someone stated a challenging goal, whatever that might be, and achieved it, that person’s a winner. Same if someone’s not a writer–that goes for other goals, too! And for those NaNoWriMo participants who may not have hit 50,000, but got a lot more written than they might otherwise have done, that’s a great accomplishment.

I will admit, it was nice to see that, and good to hit that goal! Here’s how the rest went:

  • Finish out NaNoWriMo by writing 11,000 words on either story or both: DONE!
  • Review remaining lessons for Promotions workshop: DONE!
  • Finish Shopping Cart and Checkout pages for website: Partial–not done, but made progress. Top priority this week.
  • Fitness 4 times, even if short: Partial–got 3x in.
  • Survive Thanksgiving: DONE! And it went very nice, until my dog jumped on a friend and twisted his leg (the dog, not the friend), and later, my mom slipped on ice at the edge of our porch and wound up with a fractured kneecap. She was just thankful it wasn’t worse, and it happened after the meal.

ROW80Logo175So what’s up for this month? Survive Christmas, obviously. Again, small family makes that easier, though some are tricky to buy gifts for as they have everything. I also plan to keep working on my WIPs, though at a much slower pace: 300-500 words/day, and get that website done! I also have another one to do, but this is just porting an existing design into WordPress, and won’t be difficult. Oh, and I’m taking another online workshop–normally not something I’d take on in December, but this is the last time they’re offering it, so I really wanted to get in on it. With the reduced word count, it should be OK to fit in, especially as I was able to keep up with the other one during NaNoWriMo. We’ll see! Here’s the plan for this week:

  • 2,500 words on combined WIPs
  • Keep up with new writing workshop & assignments
  • Finish Checkout pages for website
  • Fitness 4 times, even if short
  • Figure out what I’m doing for Christmas cards and gift list

What about you–have you WON any big goals lately? Or maybe even some not-so-big ones? If you participated in NaNoWriMo, how did you do? And if you’re in the U.S., how was your Thanksgiving? Please share–I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

14 Responses to \

  1. congrats on winning!! I won as well. I challenged myself a little more since apparently 50k in 30 days isn’t enough for me. πŸ˜‰ I wanted to finish the whole first draft in a month. Wrote the last words of it Saturday morning. Was almost 82k. I have some little details, like where I couldn’t remember a name or knew I needed to check out a fact, that I put little place marks. So, I have to go back and fill those in before I consider the first draft truly done.

  2. Congrats on NaNo. That’s awesome! You’re so right. I kept up with the goal until the day I couldn’t go on and I’m totally proud of that fact. I had no idea I could even in do it for a few days let alone more than half a month. I am looking forward to NaNo next year. I’m hoping to plan more than one day in advance, lol.

    Yikes! Your poor mom and dog. I’m glad you all survived. πŸ™‚ Here’s to a great week.

  3. Congratulations on the win!!

    My goals remain the same, to do the best I can this month. December is a hard one to get any one specific thing done because there are so many things to do and see. My goal – to do the best I can.

    Happy holidays!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  4. Congrats!! And wow on the T-giving mishaps. Ours was incident free-this year (one year, my brother in law broke a tooth on an olive, ouch). I enjoyed having my daughter in the house again though! πŸ™‚

  5. Yay! You won!! That’s cool.

    Thanksgiving was fun. My friend (who hosted and cooked everything-yum!) bought my book, so I got to sign my very first one! Now she’s hosting a book signing for me. Yeah, I’m freaking out, but I’ll do it. I think she just wanted an excuse to entertain! Haha!

    Any status update on Beach Reads?

  6. Writing and fitness have basically kicked my butt royal this month. On the WIP, I punted last week and started outlining to get out of Act II Hell. And a funny thing happened. I don’t want to stop outlining. I want to see what happens next, because a completely new story is evolving. Plus, a paying market wanted me to “audition” for them. I just got a rejection on a story I figured might need a rewrite. So instead of plodding along on a throwaway project I use to keep busy and amuse myself, I can do a short story while finishing the outline. Win win!

    As for fitness? I gotta do a run tonight. No more excuse. Then crawl sheepishly into my doctor’s office next week and plead holidays for my saggy numbers.

  7. Fallon, thanks! And 82k? Wow, I’m impressed! I did well to hit 50k and I put in a TON of place markers like [Research this more] or [need to have such and such happen] when I didn’t know the details.

    Thanks, John!

    SJ, thanks, and congrats for getting so much done in a month that had so much upheaval for you – looking forward to seeing you there next year!

    Patricia, “do the best I can” is always a good goal, especially in crazy December!

    Lynette, thanks!

    Coleen, thanks! One thing that was great was having my daughter home for the long weekend, too. The house seems very empty now.

    Stacy, your Thanksgiving sounds awesome! And I’ve heard that the publisher is looking to release the Beach reads anthology in late Jan. or early Feb.

    Jim, your new approach to writing definitely sounds win-win! Good luck with the next submission, and getting your fitness routine back on track!

  8. You’re so right, Jennette. The arbitrary 50K marker of the NaNoWriMo (and their expectation that the work be a new one) always bugged me too. But there is something empowering about the NaNoWriMo frenzy, so I try to participate no matter what.

    I made almost 60K this time, but I still count the WriMo a failure. I wouldn’t have made that count if I hadn’t changed the project I was on, I didn’t write even close to every day, and… I still haven’t gotten my head around the main plot of my story. Words wobbling about the pages going off in a hundred different directions does not a novel make.

    So double kudos to you, Jennette. You did it, and you keep it real.

    Sorry to hear about the problems during your Thanksgiving though. Ouch! I really hope your mother doesn’t have lasting problems with her knee now. Knees get a lot of use and abuse.

  9. Hope your mom and your dog are doing well. I had a good Thanksgiving, mainly just a quiet dinner with the girlfriend’s mom and niece and their dog the Wednesday before. Both of us had to work on Thanksgiving and as far as goals go, well, we survived Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Cyber Monday! (Actually, it wasn’t so bad for me, but the GF works at a call center that does catalog sales and 10 hour days have started up again for her so, yeah). Very much enjoyed not having to set an alarm today!

    Also, I noticed that you’re from Dayton, OH too. So, howdy!

  10. Eden, 60k is in no way a failure! That’s what revision is for. πŸ™‚ If we’re going by the hard-and-fast rules, I didn’t win either – I started with about 20k of my novel written, and wound up with 72k–about 6k of which was chapters for a different story when I ran out of steam on the first!

    Tonette, let’s hope so – and thanks!

    Kathy, thanks! I don’t envy your GF a bit – working customer service would be a bear any time of the year, but on Cyber Monday? And cool to see someone else from Dayton – nice I’m not the only one!