…Because if NaNoWriMo were an actual deadline I’d be fired.
Technically, I wrote over 50,000 words – just not for my NaNo novel. Instead I wrote 30,000 words of my NaNo Novel and 25,000 words of the novel idea that distracted me whilst I was trying to write my NaNo Novel.
Something tells me you can’t say to your agent/editor/publisher: So I know you were expecting Novel A, but here’s the first half of Novel A, and the beginning of Novel B. Endings will be along shortly… (NOT that anyone would let their agent/editor/publisher read their first draft – the horror! – but you know what I mean).
I also tried to revise and NaNo at the same time. I realized last NaNo that I am very talented at the multi-first draft juggling act, but learned this year that throwing in a revision will make me late on EVERYTHING.
I’m late with revisions, but at least CP’s won’t fire you. They may say “Buzz off it’s the holidays you should have sent me your novel before November 23!” – but come January, they will take you back!
So, yes, I’m very late, and I cheated on my NaNo Novel with New Idea Novel, and no, I didn’t WIN this month, but at least the ramifications are mostly in my head. RIGHT?
Did you win this month? In NaNo, in Revisions, or simply because you were able to eat your weight in turkey?