It’s official. November is over, and I wrote over 50,000 words! So I celebrated yesterday by napping, decorating for Christmas, and NOT writing.
I can’t even say how good it feels to have actually done this. I definitely didn’t think I could. It certainly wasn’t easier than I thought—I ended up having to strand myself at a coffee shop (often without internet connection) many days to force myself to write. I often felt that I was banging my head against a wall. But what surprised me was the joy I felt just often enough to make me want to continue writing. There were some scenes—the epic fight where the main character kills her fiance’s attackers, the moment when one character decided to confess his love—that took on a life of their own, and I was fascinated to watch it happen. It’s really true that the scenes you enjoy writing are probably the scenes others will enjoy reading.
I already know there are many things I’m going to have to change, and there is still a great portion of the book that is unwritten! Now that NaNoWriMo is over, I have so much more work to do. How did that happen??
But, ultimately, I am thankful that this year I had the time, space, and energy to make this project a priority. And I’m thankful that my family and friends supported me. It’s been so much fun.
Those of you who also tried NaNoWriMo, how’d it go?