I wasn’t too worried that I wasn’t going to finish. I smashed out 43,000 words in the first 14 days before starting my new job, and that’s when I found it difficult to come home and immerse myself in my writing. So I did was I usually do, I left it until the last minute and then had a wave of motivation charge through me and yesterday completed the word target! Huzzah!
Of course, I haven’t finished the story, I have a good 5-10 thousand words left before I see the journey being completed. And then, of course, there will be the editing and rehashing.
I think my biggest take away from attempting and completing NaNoWriMo is that I can. It’s possible to do and at least this time round it wasn’t hard. It’s like the tiny sponge of procrastination that lives in my brain got a serious case of dehydration this month!
I’d originally started out with an outline and did use a spreadsheet to help me find a way of keeping on track with word counts, and tracking the “flow” of my writing. That was a new thing for me because usually I just freeball it. (Like my life) The more I got to know my characters, the easier it was to shift gears, change scenes, and write for them.
I learned a lot about what I can do, what I can handle and what my life can handle in my pursuit of doing things I love. I’m really excited to have this new information about myself and to be able to pursue continuing writing with my new knowledge.
I’m very excited to get my book finished and be able to know I completed that too!