Monday, November 22, 2010

NaNo Fail

Ah, my dear NaNo,

We had a good run, you and I, but alas, it was just not meant to be. I don't regret a single moment of our time together. We made it longer than any other NaNo year I've ever been with, and have over 20,000 beautiful new words to show for it. But sometimes, life and more important deadlines just get in the way. It's no one's fault. We just....drifted apart. We wanted different things. I know you wanted what was best for me and our manuscript, but your unwillingness to be flexible was a problem I just couldn't overcome. And that's not your fault. It's not you, it's me. If I could have stuck to what you wanted, the result would have been amazing. All I can say is, I did my best. I'm sorry it wasn't enough.

We had some amazing times together, and the words we created are well worth the stress and near panic of every looming word count goal. I'll still think of you, from time to time, especially when I'm shredding our precious creations.

And this doesn't have to be goodbye forever. Maybe, once we've taken a break, stepped back and given each other some space and time, maybe we can try again.

We'll always have November.....

Best regards,

Michelle

13 comments:

Tamara said...

Sorry to hear about the breakup, Michelle! 20K is well worth it, though!

Best wishes,
Tamara

Julie said...

Best NaNo breakup letter ever!!! :)

T C Mckee said...

This is priceless. Have you been talking to one of my ex-boyfriends? Loved the "It's not you, it's me" bit. Sorry NaNo didn't go well for you. I didn't do it this year, but I've been rootin for everyone who did. Better luck next year;)

Matthew Rush said...

Hah! Lovely thoughts, this is exactly why I could never do NaNo ... I would only fail.

Carole Anne Carr said...

Loved this! I've failed, but it's because I've been too busy editing something else, so not to worry!

Katrina L. Lantz said...

You are a better woman than I. I'm not willing to admit failure until the thirtieth. LOL. Glutton for punishment--that's me!

Loved the breakup note! It's so true. You'll always have November. And 20K is nothin' to sneeze at!

beth said...

So cute!

No worries, though--I always think it's better to take it slow anyway :)

Talli Roland said...

Aw, poor NaNo. Still, you did it down so nicely and you got 20,000 out of it! :)

Conda V. Douglas said...

Loved the note--and the gentle reminder not to beat up on ourselves if we don't get to 50K--it's just a competition with ourselves to get writing. I'm still dating NaNo...but Thanksgiving is coming...

Mary Vaughn said...

I know some real people who didn't
get break up notes that nice. I almost cried. Hope you haven't created a stalker. LOL)
Happy Thanksgiving!

Colene Murphy said...

Awe! Oh well! You did make crazy good progress so can't ever say it wasn't worth it! Good job!

Liza said...

Lots of credit to you for trying. I didn't dare! It was the right decision for me...but those who do it awe me.

Vicki Rocho said...

Hahaha! I was only an unofficial participant...and good thing. With the flu taking out the household and school functions, etc, I didn't have the proper focus. Still, I increased by 7 or 8,000 so I'm pleased! Your 20k looks awesome from here!