I wrote 50,367 words in November. Not here, obviously. The blog is a bit dried up, and I'm okay with that. Nothing wrong with a perfectly respectable dry spell now and then (or most of the time). But I always want to be writing more somewhere and NaNoWriMo is a good excuse to do that.
In the interest of full disclosure, I did consider skipping this year because I couldn't decide what to write and because November was shaping up to be a pretty busy month. But Millie wanted to write with me this time - the Young Writer's Program allows kids to set their own word count goal and participate at whatever level they're capable of - and the opportunity to write alongside my daughter, to share this month-long goal, was too good to pass up. So we both enrolled, Millie with a goal of 3,000 words and myself with the usual 50,000. I decided to write for her, a fairy story, as she just won't fall out of love with fairies and has been asking for one for a while. She chose to write a story about children who live in the clouds.
And we both did it! Met our goals. The fairy story is near enough its conclusion that I feel pretty good about getting it to The End and presenting it to Millie for her enjoyment before she...stops believing, at least. Her own story is already there, although she'll do some editing before officially calling it done. Most of it is a series of long character descriptions, but she has totally owned that and is actually quite proud of how well she can write a character sketch. How much does it really matter, she seems to think, if the characters actually ever do anything? I'm proud of her accomplishment, regardless. She's seven. She sat down and wrote a hundred words every day for a month. That's my girl.
For myself, I was surprised again at just how doable writing 50,000 words in a month actually is. It's never as difficult as I expect it to be going in, and I guess that's a pretty good argument for making it a goal beyond the month of November too. Remind me of that in January, when I'm officially done trying to make hand-made Christmas gifts for too many people.