NaNoWriMo – Success or Failure?

NaNoWriMo – Success or Failure?

October 31st, 2014. NaNoWriMo was beginning the next day, and this year I would do it!

For those who don’t live in the on-line writing world, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, an annual internet-based creative writing project where writers set themselves a goal, and go for it! Some I know have had great success. My friend, Violet, is wrapping up the first draft of the third book in her Charlotte series, written in as many years, the first two already published!

I could do that, I thought. I have two WIPs on the go (Works In Progress). This will be my push to get one of them done. I even had an accountability partner, dear friend Melanie, who stayed in contact, giving little nudges, trying to move me forward.

My goal, however, became, a moving target as ‘stuff’ kept getting in the way.

Doggone life and its interference, I moaned.  How can I keep to a writing schedule when events, needs, and deadlines keep dropping in, uninvited and unannounced?

God’s answer to a slightly annoyed prayer put me in my place very quickly.

If it wasn’t for life and its interference you would have no content. 

No content?

No content. The confabulations, contradictions and confusions of my life are the foundation of my writing.

Looking back on November’s NaNoWriMo and my lack of progress on my WIPs, I see that I have:

  • written and presented 1 devotional for my church’s Annual Meeting
  • written 1 eight minute talk presented to a forum on Seniors (with an invitation to do another in the future)
  • written the base of a 15 minute talk to be given next month at church
  • given editorial input to two different writer friends
  • offered encouragement to another few writer friends
  • and experienced a few events that, once I’ve processed the struggles with Jesus, will become content for future writing, sharing and learning.

Okay, Lord. I guess my NaNoWriMo was a success after all – just not in the way I imagined it!

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17 Comments

Patricia Anne Elford

about 3 years ago

WONDERED how you could be writing al the words required for the November event and keeping up with all the other things you were doing. Isn't reframing with God's guidance a wonderful thing! Great insight, Bobbi. Congratulations on your success!

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bobbi

about 3 years ago

It really is all about reframing, Patricia. Good word to apply.

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Ruth L. Snyder

about 3 years ago

Thanks for sharing, Bobbi. I've been a bit discouraged about some of my writing projects that aren't happening right now. I too have had to remind myself of the writing I HAVE done. In fact, on my writing calendar, I now jot down when I complete something. It's all about focus, isn't it?!

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bobbi

about 3 years ago

What a great idea, to note what we complete. So often the important tasks are the ones that show up unexpectedly and get completed without even finding their way to our lists! LOL

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Connie Inglis

about 3 years ago

Thanks Bobbi. I was keeping up with my goal until 4 or 5 days ago. Then, "all hell broke loose," as it were so I didn't finish the month as well as I had hoped. However, I am documenting the journey with our son so I guess I can include that writing too.

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bobbi

about 3 years ago

You're writing two stories right now, Connie. The one you're telling, and the one you're living. Many blessings as you keep moving forward. :)

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Tina Markeli

about 3 years ago

Thanks, Bobbi. Getting God'sperspective is probably the greatest success any of us can have.

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bobbi

about 3 years ago

No kidding, Tina! Now if only I could remember that.

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Katherine Hoffman

about 3 years ago

I love the way you wrapped this up, Bobbi- "a success after all- just not the way I imagined it!" Isn't that so often the way it is? Thank you for that reminder- God often sees things far differently than we do, and I find that a great encouragement.

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bobbi

about 3 years ago

He does see things differently, doesn't he, Kathy? I need to write that down so I remember it BEFORE I start beating myself up. :)

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Sharon Espeseth

about 3 years ago

Thanks for this reminder, Bobbi. Hopefully God can help us recognize the legitimate side roads and the ones we need to fence off--like television, excessive visiting, facebook time, etc. We need to protect ourselves from some of these interruptions or distractions, and may God give us the wisdom to know the difference between the good activities and the side-issues of life.

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bobbi

about 3 years ago

Point well taken, Sharon. Some distractions are just that - distractions. We have to make a conscious decision to focus on what will move us forward in all areas of our lives. Meeting our goals isn't going to happen by accident.

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Sheila Webster

about 3 years ago

Awesome Bobbi! You are such an inspiration. blessings on all you WIP! Sheila

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Melanie Fischer

about 3 years ago

You set goals. You moved forward. God changed your direction. You kept moving. You shared your story. You encouraged others. You did great Bobbi :) Thanks for letting me pester you along the way!

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bobbi

about 3 years ago

You were a great accountability partner, Mel. I might be calling on you again, when I get a new project underway.

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Loretta Bouillon

about 3 years ago

Bobbi, Well I am definately one of those people who you have encouraged lately. Whenever I read something that you have written, there is an underlying message that our writing gift is for Him always. Simple. I love that.

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bobbi

about 3 years ago

Thank you for reciprocating the encouragement, Loretta. It's wonderful to hear that God is using me in a positive way. Yes, our writing gift must be for him. As long as that's where we remain, we can know our direction is in his hands. :)

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