I’m a NaNoWriMo winner! Friends, I did it!
I just want to take a moment to say thank you to all of you who offered me kind words of encouragement during the NaNoWriMo challenge. You probably won’t believe me when I say this, but YOU made all the difference. There were some days when I had another 600 words to write, and I would think, “I just can’t….” But then, I would think of you. So, I kept a steady course, and I finished my novel. Well, I put an ending on it. Never mind all the holes in the middle. So, THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
My son asked me if he could read it and I said, “No way!” He found this kind of pathetic, wondering why I would take all this time to write something that I don’t want anyone to read. And, all you got was a stupid badge…yeah, yeah, yeah…I’m proud of my badge.
For one thing, I discovered a great story out of it. I wrote a suspense/thriller with a lot of plot points and twists. But let me tell you, it’s awfully hard to write a plotty and twisty novel when you’re not quite sure what the plotties and twisties are. You see what I’m saying? My novel had lots of stray body part pieces in it and I wrote it in pieces. Oh, let me think about that for a moment….That’s quite profound….The second draft will be easier. I plan to pick it up soon, but probably not tomorrow. Do I want to do this next month? No, I don’t!
But I’m happy I did it, and it feels like a great accomplishment. It’s true what they say about the NaNoWriMo. In one of the pep talks I read from NaNo, it said something like you’ll be able to write anywhere….Yes! I could have written in a crowded bar with loud music with darts flying around my head. Or, at a kid’s birthday party with kiddos swarming around me. No problem!
Also, when you sign up and fill out your profile, they ask what music you listen to while you write. They even had a space to fill out your listening music. I thought how sweet that they want to bring people together based on their listening preferences. I thought, Oh, I write to silence. That all changed! I needed some pep, something with spunk, and I listened to music most of the time I wrote.
For those of you who are thinking about doing this, I highly recommend it. If anything at all, by doing the NaNo I gave myself permission to write. I gave myself a chance. It also made me realize why I usually don’t give myself time to write. There are so many distractions that get in the way. For a month, I made it a priority and that was a huge step for me.
Thanks again for your support!