I did it! I really did it! Somehow, in November, working like a maniac, tired, in pain, needing sleep, I managed to write over 50,000 words in the 2013 edition of NaNoWriMo! I must admit, I had my doubts. When I went 11 days without writing, I pretty much figured it was just about a lost cause. But then I had a few days of impassioned writing…and slowly watched my word count inch up toward that line. That line that tells you how many words you should have completed each day of the month. You know, that line I saw myself so far below for most of the month…yeah, that one.
Then today, when I sat down to write, I needed less than 3000 words to reach that 50,000 word goal. I knew I only had today and tomorrow to finish it. The first time I sat down, right after I got home from work, I only wrote about 500 words. It was then I decided I had to take a nap. I had to. After working Thanksgiving then going back in at 5 this morning, I needed sleep. Driving home from work Wednesday night (I went in at 6 am, worked until 2 pm. Went home and then came back to work at 7:30 that night, working until midnight to get the money ready for Thursday and then finishing the ad), I was maybe halfway home when I thought to myself I’d just close my eyes until I got to Patterson…whoa! Yeah, that’s how tired I was.
So I took my nap…about three and a half hours, seriously…then sat down to write…and write…and write…finally surpassing the 50,000 word mark! How about that? So, boys and girls, let this be a lesson to you. If you have a dream, don’t give up on it. Just keep plugging away. It sure feels super-duper fantastically exciting to achieve what you set out to achieve!
- NaNoWriMo 2013 – on wining and what I learned from the experience. (elorenalory.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo VS. ME (dailyrantswiththebitchnextdoor.wordpress.com)
- Day 27 – NaNoWriMo: Are you a real writer? (aspiringwriter22.wordpress.com)