Affirmations · Book Marketing · Business of Writing · NaNoWriMo · Publishing Process · Writing

Winning My Own Way

Another NaNoWriMo is in the books.

See what I did there?

According to the very singular, somewhat myopic, yet completely measurable goal 50,000 words in 30 days, I didn’t finish. However, based on what I accomplished toward my writing business over the month of November, I’ve decided that to call this a loss is akin to telling the 4.0 student she’s failed her grade because of low standardized test scores.

highestoffives.gifOver the month of November, I…

Oh, and! There’s a Goodreads Giveaway going on, too!!

NaNoWriMo claims I didn’t win. I beg to differ.

The thing to keep in mind, my fellow authors, is that your book is a business. There’s a lot more to writing than, well, writing! If you don’t do all that other stuff… the marketing; the editing; the tinkering; the brand-building; the networking… then what’s the point?

So NaNo, I won’t be buying your “I won” t-shirt this year. But I’m okay with that. You sent me the wrong size last year anyway.

I won’t be getting the free Scrivener license, but that’s fine. I’ve tried it and I’m really not that into it.

I’m not eligible for all those other little trinkets and handouts, but no worries… I’ll be just fine without them.

And what’s best? I’ve committed myself to a December goal that fits better than a word count… I’m setting myself a number of hours to work on writing, and another set of hours to work on “all that other stuff.”

I’ll be grading myself based on effort and output rather than word count. At this point, it just seems to make a whole lot more sense!

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