~The first two weeks of November were full steam ahead. I received a job offer that included full time training for half the month of November. Add to that all the responsibilities of a family, and serious doubts about writing 50,000 words in a month clouded my inspired brain.
…I realized the only way I would finish the story is if I took myself, and my WIP, super seriously. I decided to wake up by 4:30 every day—even most Sundays—in order to have the quiet I needed to write. Except for being tired at night, this worked out fairly well. I wrote almost the entire book without taking time away from my family.
…That said, NaNo really did feel like a marathon. And I know a thing or two about marathons from experience. The middle is tough, and I thought about giving up several times.
…but perseverance is key and I rounded the homestretch, victory tingling in my limbs. I finished the story on November 28, at about 51,000 words.
…which left me a bit stumped. I’ve always written books that were too lengthy, not too short! This one will require some beefing up and major edits. I’ve always been a take-your-time type of writer, choose-the-right-word-and-sentence-structure type of writer. Not during NaNo. I just wrote. It was refreshing, freeing.
…I’m definitely going to do it again. But for December, I think I’m going to take a big, well-deserved writing break. J
If you participated in NaNo, what are your final thoughts? Did you like the race? Will you participate next year?