I am a winner. I won NaNoWriMo but I cheated a bit. Let me rewind for a moment.

I have written three “novels” in my life. The first was a straight-up plagiarism of Twilight. Before you berate me, I was 15 and Twilight/Twilight fanfic was rampant. I say it is actual plagiarism of Stephanie Meyers as it, get this, is based on vampires and werewolves but instead of the female protagonist madly in love with a vampire she is in love with a werewolf. I know I am a genius, a very original genius. And, if you’re not convinced yet it holds lines like this; “After twenty minutes of chat and eating I felt extremely stuffed but yet people were still eating. Who knew werewolves had such great appetites?” and this gem, “You have a hard arm.”, “They are called muscles baby.” He flexed his arm”. It was like if Louise Rennison wrote shit Twilight fanfiction, which she would never do! (Long live Queen Georgia Nicolson!).

My second novel was quite soon after that and I wrote it on and off for about five years. It is called ‘The Elements’ and after spending a few months writing and writing it, I finally printed it to only edit it and toss it. That manuscript is in a drawer. I felt like, not entirely dissimilar to book one (can I call that a book???), when editing it wasn’t my voice. More like if Christopher Paolini and I merged a book baby.

Now I bring you to my third book, Chalked. The reason I say I cheated was that I started NaNoWriMo with circa 25k words. I had spent this year writing and stopping. Generally letting my ego denote if I felt like writing. Then I read about NaNo and decided to eff it, I will do it. I started around the first week of November and began strong. Begin as you mean to carry on and all that. Then, I once again, let my ego in. That coincided with people asking about the novel and how it was going. I was furious that I previously told anyone about it. I want to be an author but I had the realisation ‘writing is hard’. After talking to family and friends I returned to finish NaNo. I was so determined to get that badge and to be a ‘winner’ that I worked hard and got there. I am not a sprinter when it comes to writing. I will have bursts of writing for hours but then I need a break. If I tried to write 50k words in 30 days I would be burnt out and never intend to finish it. However, NaNo was what I needed to finish it and finish it I did. On the last night of NaNo, about 9p.m, I became a NaNoWinner. The relief I felt was immense. I was done. Then I remembered I have to edit it numerous times but that is tomorrow Lisa’s problem.

How did NaNoWriMo2017 go for you?

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