Why, because radishes can be harvested within a short period of time. It germinates within three to seven days, reaching maturity after three to four weeks. It’s a simple enough process of growing seeds. You prepare the ground work; till the soil to remove rocks and stones, plant the seed, water occasionally and wait for it grow. And with NaNoWriMo the process is kind of the same except its more nerve wrecking because words are not like seeds, it doesn’t come in pouches.
You still do the groundwork. You prepare the story line, character names, plot and conflict. If you’re lucky you can envision the whole story, from the first chapter to the last. You do all you can to make it and at the end of the day it boils down to whether or not you can harvest the fruits of your labor.
I was not able to harvest radishes, again, this year because I failed to finish my 50k word mark, again.
I don’t know how it happened. I was doing fine until the middle of the month when I hit a wall, fell down and decided the view from the floor was actually nice. I don’t know what came over me. I just decided to stay down and didn’t bother to get up until the alarm went off to remind me that NaNoWriMo was coming to an end.
And like growing radishes there will always be outside elements that can hinder the growth process, pests and insects, bad soil, bad weather and every bad excuse I can ever think of just to explain why the radish didn’t grow or why I didn’t finish NaNoWriMo, again, this year. <SIGH>
But as always I enjoyed the experience, the joyride (although short) and I think that’s the important bit to remember, to have fun and I did. I’ll still be finishing my story only this time it would just be for personal satisfaction without the shadow of NaNoWriMo hanging over my shoulder.
Well, better luck next year self. We totally flunked this one but I’m sure we’ll do better next time after all there’s a rainbow around every corner.
Word count for the day: NADA!