NaNoWriMo Year Nine

NaNoWriMo Year Nine

I’ve been participating in National Novel Writing Month so long they needed a second row for a

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Purple means “won”, teal means “participated.” The Halo means I donated.

ll the icons. Next year I hit double digits. And what have I gotten out of it? Have I published any novels? Am I famous? Or am I just wasting my time?

Well, neither. No, I haven’t published a novel, but that’s not because I haven’t been writing, or because NaNoWriMo is useless to me. But I have written a lot, and have sharpened my skills, and kept my hand in as I go through a lot of life stuff.

And I’ve written and self-published a couple of tech books, something I never thought I’d do. I’ve loved that experience as well.

I’ve found the confidence to keep writing even when it feels like it might just be pointless, even when the book I’m working on feels like a train wreck. And I’ve found a large community of helpful people and resources that help me see the value in pressing forward in my noveling even if it never will make me rich and/or famous.

I honestly believe that creativity is its own reward. I’m greateful to NaNoWriMo for encouraging that belief.

3 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Year Nine

  1. Hi Nate,

    Read Painless Vim (last year) and loved it. Now I’m just procrastinating.

    Just wanted to let you know that I love vim because of your book, and probably explains a portion of my desire to move into the field I’m now in (a PhD student in statistical genetics) which requires a lot of coding.

    So you might say that you were somewhat instrumental in my developing passion for coding, computers and data science. No big deal.

    Thanks for that mate.

    Also wanted to say I like this particular blog post.

    I also have a blog… two actually, and I enjoy writing myself. I’ve even scratched out a vague idea for a cyberpunk novel.

    Keep it all up. You’re doing great.

  2. Geoff,
    Comments like this make it all worthwhile! I’m glad Painless Vim helped you on your way!

    I’m also back in school, getting a master’s 11 years after I finished my bachelor’s degree, so I’m doing a lot less writing than I have been, but I’m still planning on NaNoWriMo year 10.

  3. Great,

    I might look into it myself. Writing seems to be one of those things you have to brute force yourself into, otherwise it will just float along in your important/not urgent quadrant forever.

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