I did it!
For those who don’t know what Nanowrimo is, let me fill you in. Have an idea for a story, plot it out before Nov. 1. Then for thirty days write as fast as you can on your story and reach 50,000 words before midnight on Nov. 30. For most of the month I managed to stay ahead of the daily word count. I don’t write on Sundays. (That’s the Lord’s day).
And I knew Thanksgiving weekend was going to be a bust with family in town.
I actually finished a day early and I went over the needed word count by about 600 words.
I am feeling rather accomplished.
I am also so grateful for my amazing friends who kept me motivated and cheered me on when I just wanted to quit. Stephanie, Gussie, and Charlotte. You guys are the best!
So Dec. 1-3 I watched Netflix. And then on Dec. 4 I started a new novel and am excited about it!
What did you do in November that you celebrated in December?
So here’s the deal. My current work in progress does not count because it’s a story I started already. So instead I’m doing my own version Nano. I’m still going to write my 50K, but it will be on a couple of projects. As I’ve had to reassess my writing, I realized that I have other works that are much more pressing.
I’ve had to release myself from the guilt of not doing Nano, but I just couldn’t let go of that 50K words. I’m still here to give you encouragement and in so doing I’m encouraging myself. So Press ON! Remember to press through. Even if you don’t feel like writing and you’ve hit that wall of writer’s block, tell yourself you’re just going to write 100 words. You’ll be amazed at how those words soon become several paragraphs and those become pages. Before you know it you’ll pass your daily goal to reach your ultimate goal of a finished novel (in my case I’m hoping to finish two of my novels.
Good luck! I’ll see you tomorrow!
I know, I know! I’m late getting this post out. But you still have 29 days to write. If you’re like me you have to take at least one day a week off to veg, do something else, pretend to have a life other than writing.
I really do love to write, but we all need a day to rejuvenate. You also might want to take Thanksgiving off to give gratitude for the wonderful gift of writing that you’ve been given. So if you figure that you’ve taken a minimum of 5 days off during NaNoWriMo, you will have 25 days left to write. That’s about 2000 words per day. If you can write about 1000 words in one hour, then you should set aside at least 2 hours per day to write. That’s doable, right?
It comes down to the old adage…”How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” So then how do you write a 50K novel? One sentence at a time. Those sentences become paragraphs, which become scenes, which become chapters and then viola, you have a novel.
I’m going to post something daily, either for encouragement, or simply progress. So check back at least a couple of times a week. Let me know how you’re doing.