Here is a question I would ask my fellow NaNoWriMo participants, especially those who have been at it for a few years: is it against NaNoWriMo doctrine and/or standard operating procedure to feel as if it is not important that everyone else knows you’ve “won” because you hit the 50,000 word mark?
Don’t misinterpret…I will reach the 50-grrrr word goal. But, here’s why others might not find out:
I will be writing my NaNoWriMo novel by hand in a ‘marble’ notebook.
I write all my personal journal entries in ‘marble’ notebooks. It is this first-draft rawness that makes some of these personal passages turn out as such inspirational reflections of my soul, and why those passages find their way into some of my ‘for public consumption’ stories.
I want to capture some of that same impromptu magick during NaNoWriMo, which is why I will be writing the entire novel by hand.
Shortly after making that decision, though, I read that verification for NaNoWriMo “winner” status is done electronically.
Transferring my hand-written text to the verification-required digital format requires typing.
Typing what I already wrote leads to the temptation of revising and editing.
The functions of revising and editing are not the point of NaNoWriMo.
Ergo, I will probably abstain from performing that task.
Which means my ‘official’ word count, as it appears on the NaNoWriMo website, will remain at zero the entire month.
Which means I will not be considered a NaNoWriMo “winner.”
So be it.
Instead…if I complete this novel by the end of November, I will have accomplished the goal that means the most to me: I will have completed a novel using a writing methodology I’ve never used before…writing the first draft in its entirety before performing a single edit or rewrite.
I’ve never written a story that way before.
But, that’s why I’m doing this.
Yeah, nobody will know I was a NaNoWriMo “winner,” but I can guarantee you my confidence and satisfaction levels will go through the roof.
I’m actually looking forward to seeing how the sales of this eventual novel will be when I advertise it as a NaNoWriMo “Un-Winner.”