Don’t make a book just yet, but where NaNoWriMo is concerned, I am a winner.
Making the target today made me pretty happy, I have to admit. I’ve been sick for a week and have still not fully recovered (just ask my lungs), which turned into a bit of a setback, but I pushed through and in all had only two days without writing anything at all.
I am not just happy because I’ve made the word count. This is the longest, mostly coherent, piece of writing I have ever done. I’ve come as close as 30,000 words in the past, but that was a long time ago and I don’t think that piece of writing even still exists. Maybe on a floppy disk in some landfill somewhere.
I’m also happy, because for the most part I’ve felt truly inspired and had a few moments that I felt truly creative. In fact, a few days ago an idea hit me over the head and it’s not something I ever considered writing, but it’s been developing itself so strongly that I am going to have to start working on that as soon as I have finished the first draft of my NaNo novel.
I am also going to attempt some short stories, something I have little experience with, but I have a few ideas. I’ll be blogging more regularly again now, and aside from going home today and sitting back to relax and watch a TV show or two, I will return to writing tomorrow.
I actually have learned a lot about writing this month, which is what I expected. Contrary to expectations I did not dream of my novel, well once I did. There were times when I wanted to run away from it and other times when I found it difficult to stop. But my brain needed a break every now and then.
My resolve to be a published writer, able to support myself by writing, for the most part, is stronger than ever now. I know it’s not going to be easy, but I can’t imagine not trying. I can’t imagine not writing.
If any of you participated in NaNoWriMo, I hope you made your target, whatever it was. And if you didn’t, don’t let that discourage you. There’s always tomorrow.
At least that’s how I live my life.