Nano Fail (But Not Really)

☆ December 3, 2012


So, even though November felt like it was 400 years long, I did not get 50K words written for Nanowrimo. I wrote about 35,000 words. But I also reworked my plot in a major way, solving what had been a serious structural problem, so I’m thrilled about that. And Nano got me back into my book after 4+ months away, and it was downright fun, so, all in all, I consider the endeavor a success and one of the highlights of a dense and intense month. Now to maintain that momentum and accelerate through December! I shall scale that cliff and dive into the blue….


24 Responses to “Nano Fail (But Not Really)”

  1. Patr
    December 3rd, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    35,000 WORDS is still FANTASTIC!!!!!!

  2. Peggy Townsend
    December 3rd, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    Like walking, writing is putting one word after the other and finding yourself somewhere wonderful. Keep going!

  3. LJ
    December 3rd, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    I’m impressed! 35k is quite an accomplishment, I have trouble just trying to post my comments :)
    Sometimes a challenge is all we need to help get us back on track. I’m super excited about this book of yours in the works…
    Great job.

  4. Marg
    December 3rd, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    It’s the journey that was important and the prize at the end was not necessarily the one you were expecting but far better than you imagined.

  5. Jo Davis
    December 3rd, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    incredible shot!!! can’t wait to read your 35,000 words…have a wonderful week ahead :)

  6. Anna
    December 3rd, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    I was raised in the Rockies (Colorado), and I swear — the sky is bluer in the high country than it is here at sea level where I live now. The rich contrast of green trees against blue sky, and the purple line that outlines the mountains just before dark … I really miss those things.
    Congrats on your writing success! Fixing plots is hard work.

  7. MJ
    December 3rd, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    Let the laws of physics carry you onward: A body in motion stays in motion, unless impacted by an outside force. May the momentum be with you:) Looking forward to reading that book!

  8. bekka
    December 3rd, 2012 @ 11:58 am

    thats a great lucky i remember to write in my journal monthly. and that pic is perfect. Can i climb those rocks?

  9. sherewin
    December 3rd, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

    OOh, I miss your more frequent posts, but look forward to reading your next book! I loved The Daily Coyote–love the world it lets me inhabit if briefly.

  10. mlaiuppa
    December 3rd, 2012 @ 5:43 pm


    You know, I don’t think it’s a matter of failing if you don’t reach 50,000. I think that is just an arbitrary goal. I think you succeeded where it counted. You got back into writing, you wrote quite a lot and you managed to solve a problem that was obstructing your progress. So accomplished what was really important. So what if you didn’t write 50,000 words. If you had but had failed to solve your problem or produce anything useable, that would not have been a success. Just a very large time consuming fail.

    So congratulations!

  11. carmel
    December 3rd, 2012 @ 8:43 pm

    Congrats. you’re getting there! Don’t beat yourself up unless that’s part of the plot..haha
    Can’t wait to read this one.

  12. Liane Bennett
    December 3rd, 2012 @ 9:10 pm

    Ten words, or thousands. We are here. We will always be here. They will be worth waiting for. :)

  13. Carla
    December 3rd, 2012 @ 11:46 pm

    You’re a NaNoWriMo winner, Shreve! Congratulations! My word count is much lower than yours, but I learned a lot about myself during November and now view it as National Novel Writing Warm-up Month. December is my month. I’m going to see what I can accomplish by the New Year.


  14. Anna
    December 4th, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    That’s still a lot of words in one month, and even better if they’re words that led to your novel being stronger than before! I was going to do NaNoWriMo again, but I knew my month was going to be too hectic, logistically and emotionally, so I opted for NaBloPoMo instead. It feels so good to blog regularly again that I’m going to try to keep up daily posting as long as I can!

  15. Maddy
    December 4th, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    This is an outstanding achievement.
    YOU GO GIRL! Best wishes.

  16. Katbalu
    December 4th, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

    You go girl:)

  17. Mishka
    December 5th, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

    Good job…meeting the milestone is not as important as putting out quality and getting back to the motivation of working on your blog.

  18. Judy
    December 6th, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    CONGRATULATIONS on your awesome achievement in the dreary month of Nov. Selfishly hoping you will publish and share the results with us in the future.

  19. Barbara
    December 6th, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

    I agree with the others, it was not a fail at all. You have a workable manuscript now. Word count is less important now. &, unlike some of the ones who got to 50,000, you will be able to find a publisher for yours.

  20. Vee
    December 7th, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

    How about writing a post on what keeps your motivated and driven, even when the going gets tough. Just a thought, I’d love to read it.

  21. Yvonne
    December 7th, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

    What is your book release target date? Is it going to be released on Kindle too?

  22. shreve
    December 9th, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

    Y ~ there isn’t one, as of yet ~ I haven’t even told my agent what the story is! I’ve never written fiction before and am very insecure about it ~ I need to write a couple of drafts for me, and then we’ll see what happens……

  23. Yvonne
    December 9th, 2012 @ 11:30 pm

    Good thoughts for your new adventure!!

  24. michelle(shelley) cuneo
    February 12th, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    charlie is the most handsome coyote ever….he is fed good meals….doesn’t have to starve….breaks my heart there are so many that do not make it…love your cows….was always going to get one and name her daisy…i want goats also…when i move back to eastern washington…goats no one else wants….and anything else that strays my way…..i have an umbrella cockatoo…two turtles i named adam and eve….live their first 12 years in a terrarium…now they have a lovely huge enclosure indoors and out….i love them so much…feed them good nutitious foods….oh and two dogs….ben and boo…the bird is riley…we would write of our adventures but i am too lazy…i retired from boeing ..i am 61…love your pictures of your animals..hopefully if i am lucky i will be doing farm chores till i am 95 or older…..i have purchased some elk horns and some necklaces from you…love them all ..take good care shreve…….shelley cuneo..

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