Tuesday, December 1, 2009

NaNo is over...

Hey guys,
As you may have noticed, November is over. And, by looking at the widget above, you may have noticed that I didn't finish my novel in the month of November. After starting out with so much enthusiasm for my project, my attitude that writing 1667 words a day wouldn't be that hard, I didn't reach my goal.
Last night as I was going to bed knowing that I would wake up in the morning and my word count would be set, I was thinking about my month. About whether or not I had failed. I kept asking myself the same question. Are you disappointed in yourself?
My answer every time was, No.
I may not have made it to fifty thousand words but in the month of November, I accomplished so much more. I visited a foreign country, got awesome grades, made a friendship that I hope will last a lifetime, figured out how to do my hair so it doesn't look like a bomb went off in the morning, got along with someone who I never thought I could ever get along with and had an amazing Thanksgiving with my family. I grew as a person this November. And, even though I didn't finish, I grew as a writer. I found out what I was capable of.
I realized that I can do anything I want to if I set my mind to it.
And I am proud of every single one of my 37,451 words. I fell in love with my characters and found out how hard and rewarding writing is. How incredibly personal it is. How much of yourself you give away when you write and when you read, how much you find out about the person who put the pen to paper. It made reading a personal thing for me. I found out more about myself and how I've changed throughout my life in this one month that I think I have in my entire life.
So am I disappointed that I didn't finish my NaNoWriMo?
Absolutely not.
I know that I will finish my novel. I also know that the most likely situation is that no one but myself and a few friends will end up reading it.
I know it was worth writing it anyways.
More to come,


Anonymous said...

Hey good for you! 50,000 words is, afterall, just a freaking arbitrary number. If they wanted real novels, they would set the bar at 80,000 words. That is what's understood as the typical minimum for a novel. Good luck with your completing of the story. (I got 50k, but my story's not finished either!)

Liza said...

WTG with writing over 17000 words. With everything else you did this month, you have every right to be proud of your work count. Congrats and can't wait to one day read your published novel.

Mardel said...

I love your attitude. About the writing, the friendship, and growing as a person. More adults should think more like you. (now don't let your head get too big *g*).

You're right about the NaNo. You did accomplish something. You started a novel, and got pretty far with it. I'm amazed. NaNo is pretty tough, especially when you factor in thanksgiving and all of that.

So congratulations on all that you accomplished, from getting along with someone to traveling to getting a hell-a-good start on a novel. Hey, for even attempting it, you get props!

Drea said...

Hey girl, that is awesome!!!! I can't say I've EVER written that much. When you are a famous author, I'll name drop.

Mechelle Fogelsong said...

You did better than me! I only got 28,000 words done in November.

It's about the process though, like you said. I enjoy the creative process, and since I'm not yet formally published, I don't have to worry about deadlines. It's a good place to be for right now.

Imagine how it must be for big-name authors, like Rowling and Meyers, when they have a deadline to meet? Ick.

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