“It’s over!!” My husband sings as I give him the good news. I’ve hit 50 thousand words. I won NaNoWriMo! I wrote for countless hours at least, oh, every day! I woke up early and tried to stay up late. I stayed up late and tried to get up early.
I have learned so much in the past month. Let me share with you what I have learned.
- I cannot be both a morning person and a night owl. I am going to have to choose between the two.
- If I put my mind to it, I can do it! I wrote a book in a month! It’s a piece of crap, with plot holes, typos, and spelling errors because I sent my inner editor away. Technically a completed first draft fifty thousand words long is all that is required, no matter how crappy.
- I thoroughly enjoy going to write-ins. That’s where a bunch of people, sometimes four people, and other times, like tonight, at this very moment there are eleven people. I love the push I get from doing sprints and word wars.
- My husband is right, I don’t “need” NaNoWriMo to succeed as a writer, but it sure as heck has helped me grow as a writer. I would not be who I am without the experience I’ve had this month.
- I still want to be a writer/author! I have gone through several experiences in my life thinking, this is what I want to do, and then it turned out that I really did not. But it is not the case with writing. I wrote every day for thirty days. Some days I didn’t know what to write, halfway through the month I was sick and ended up falling behind, but I kept on writing. I spent the month catching up, then falling behind, then catching up, and so on. Yesterday I wasn’t sure that I would actually make it, but I did. My husband set the alarm for 6-am and off I went, writing more than three thousand words, until well past noon, so that I could finish. When I did, boy did that feel great! I want to do it again!
- It’s not really over! Sorry honey (because I know he reads my blogs ❤ ) Next I get to edit and revise/rewrite. Until then, no, nobody gets to read the book. I told you, it’s crap. It’s the best crap I’ve ever written. Maybe after I get the finished product published, only then will I let the nearest and dearest to me read it. Only then!
Now I’m wondering something, what am I going to do when I wake up tomorrow? I’m going to write something, not sure what, but something will be written, whether it be in my journal, on my blog, or in my poetry notebook. I can’t build a habit of writing every day for thirty days, and then not write. Nope.
Who knows, whatever happens, whatever I do, I can do it with confidence.
Thanks for stopping by, have a good week!