It is the end of the month and I feel like I have grown so much this month. Mainly in the area of writing. NaNoWriMo has awakened my muse and I am back on track. I have officially won this years NaNoWriMo as I reached 52,613 words yesterday. It’s not done, but I made it to 50,000 words in one month. I know I could do it again. I will be finishing my current WIP and sitting it aside until the first of the year. Then I will be picking it back up and two other novels for edits.
Don’t worry, I will still be writing through the month of December. I have another novel idea that I can’t wait to get started on. With December being such a busy month, I may not get another 50,000 words by the end of December, but I will make sure to write every day. I also want to keep blogging every day. I want to share the projects and awesome things I will be doing to get ready for Christmas and also go over the things I will be doing to prepare myself for the new year.
Here is your warning, I will be writing about getting my stuff organized and ready for the most productive year of my life. I have several goals already lined up to start at the beginning of the year. I honestly can’t wait for 2015.
On to other things. Here is a list of things I have learned this month.
- I CAN write 50,000 words in 30 days. I can write a novel in a month. Of course now I have to do edits and actually finish the rest. If my other novels have proven anything, I have another 20,000 to 25,000 words to go before the book is close to being done. But I can write a good bit in a month if I put my mind to it. I read somewhere that NaNoWriMo is about seeing what it’s like to be a full time author. The stress they go through to finish a book on time. I think I can do it.
- I can write 6,000 words in one day. More if I didn’t have to go to bed because of work. That’s right, I wrote 6,000 words yesterday alone. I didn’t think I had it in me. My max has always been around 2,000 and 2,500 words a day. Maybe I just stopped writing too soon. It was fun yesterday, doing nothing but writing. I didn’t even watch a lot of TV.
- If I just keep writing, I can get all the story down before I go changing things. I am so used to writing and editing at the same time. I would wait days before writing the next part of my story just because I didn’t want to edit the part I had already written. I have no idea why I felt the need to edit right after I had written it. I read somewhere, and it might have been something from Stephen King, that after you write, you should put your manuscript away for a few weeks to a month, let the story get a little dusty, and then come back for edits. They say you come back with an open mind and can focus better on mistakes and plot holes. We will see in January if that is true.
- I am a writer, an author. It is my passion and it is what makes me happiest in my life. I could go for days just writing and ignoring the world.
- You no longer have to have two spaces between a period and the next sentence. I have a whole blog prepared for you on that one.
- When I have written, I have so much more room in my mind for other things. I have the drive I need to plan things out and keep on top of things.
- Earl Grey tea is my drink of choice. It has the caffeine I need to get me through the day.
- My imagination is limitless if I use the things around me to inspire everything in my life.
- I love posting a blog every day!
- I am very happy with the path my life is taking and I can’t wait to see where that path leads me.
I am sure there are more things I have learned. I’m always learning, always growing. My greatest accomplishment this month was doing something I didn’t think I could do. It wasn’t about writing a novel, it was about proving to myself that I had the drive and discipline to be what I most desire to be in my life.
What have you learned this month?