Why I keep doing Nanowrimo – even though I fail every year.

After six year I’ve never completed Nanowrimo, but I keep going at it every year. I knew there was a reason, but I just couldn’t put my finger on it till a eureka-moment about two minutes after I woke this morning.

Nanowimo 2009 was the year I started an original fantasy novel, I was still neck deep in writing fanfiction and was trying to break my writing back into original fiction.

I struggled that year, writing a measly 9,000 words. It was just a beginning of a story. It sat on my laptop for months, then all 9,000 words got deleted because they were crap.

Fast forward to 2015 and that same original idea has turned into…

5 outlined novels


305,000 written words.

I’m trying to get the first book published at the moment, so it’s why I haven’t written more. This whole world has come to life and has been transformed into something completely different than the original book.

The only thing that’s still the same was that very first thought.

I finally found my reason of why I keep trying Nanowrimo when everything else tells me to stop.

It has giving me my first and most precious series of novels that I’ve ever written, characters and a world I probably wouldn’t have thought of if I wasn’t forced too in 2009.

That’s the reason why I keep doing Nanowrimo. That even though what I write might be crap, might be deleted after November, that I can still scavenge something from the pile of crap. Something that I’d finally be able to send off to publishers.

It’s to kick my writing brain back into gear, to stop worrying about editing and to stop over-thinking.

It’s not all about the winning.


  1. That’s a great attitude to have. This year is my first year doing NaNoWriMo and I’m thrilled and nervous. I tried writing a novel years ago, before I knew what nanowrimo was. It was 9 very short chapters of youthful naivety. After reading this, that original idea I had way back when came back to me. I shall have to write it down and lock it away for after my current project is over.
    Good luck to you this NaNoWriMo!

    • Yea, you should not give up on the original idea, if it keeps coming back to you. It might be brilliant! You just don’t know until you give it a chance. 🙂 Just followed your blog to keep up with you through Nanowrimo!
      Good luck!!

      • Followed you right back! I am sure it could be brilliant if I gave it a chance. 🙂 Perhaps when I am done with Rescued, I will take that original idea and run with it again.

  2. You seem to have unravelled my own conundrum for me… this also seems to be the reason I do it every year, no matter how little I write each time. I thank you. xx

    • I’m delighted for you! It took me years to figure it out, I just kept doing Nanowrimo without knowing why I was doing it. I’m happy I’ve helped you too xx

  3. I can’t resist coming back every year too. Though the sense of community is great it is definitely the books I am working on that bring me back each year. Finishing a book and preparing it for publication is winning, no matter how long it takes. Plenty of professional authors take way more than six years to write a book!
    Last year I won but wasn’t even halfway finished with the book. Finishing my first draft was more difficult than winning NaNo. Good luck on the upcoming NaNo!

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