In November of 2013, I participated in NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month. Participants pledge to write 50,000 words in one month. It’s an awesome challenge and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I was so proud of myself for completing the word count goal. (Read about my experience here.)
Only problem was, November was over and I had reached 50,000 words, but my story wasn’t finished. I had a beginning and a whole lot of middle, but no ending! Without the accountability of NaNoWriMo, I didn’t have the motivation to continue writing. And to be honest, I wasn’t too sure about how my novel was supposed to end, anyhow. I would add little bits and pieces here and there, but the conclusion always seemed out of reach.
Recently, I decided that I was going to do it. I was going to finish my novel. So guess what? I did! I typed out the ending on my iPad mini (one finger typing, no less!) all while nursing my baby. For some reason, it all came together and three pages later, I had an ending. Final word count: 61,113 words. It feels really good to have given my characters and plot a resolution. Is this book going to make me rich?! Of course not (much to my husband’s dismay!), but I completed a goal, and that’s gotta count for something, right?
Now, if only I could manage to get it edited and printed…
Picking Up Where I Left Off
A recent e-mail from the National Novel Writing Month organization reminded me that the deadline to cash in on my winner goodies is fast approaching. As a participant who completed 50,000 words in the month of November, I can create and order two free paperback copies of my original novel through CreateSpace. Only problem is, the deadline to order is the end of June, and my novel still isn’t finished yet. I’ve written a bit here and there since November, but I lost momentum when I didn’t have the seemingly-impossible word count looming over me. Now that I’ve got another deadline, it’s time to pick up where I left off and whip my novel into fighting shape. I’m really struggling to write the ending of the story. In fact, I’m simultaneously watching the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on HBO and typing up this blog post just to procrastinate! I’ve written 443 words in almost two and a half hours—not too shabby, but I’ve still got a ways to go. I hope inspiration strikes soon so I can complete my novel, give it a (super) quick once-over for revisions and editing, and upload it to CreateSpace in time. It won’t be the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen, but it will be all mine!
How about you other NaNoWriMo participants? Have you completed your novels? Has anyone ordered their books through CreateSpace? What did you think of the service and quality?
Well, yesterday was the first day of NaNoWriMo that I didn’t make it to the targeted word count. I updated my word count minutes before midnight to 8,161 words. 174 words short of the goal. *Sigh* I know I can catch up today, and that there will be more days when I don’t reach my goal, but I was feeling so proud for sticking to the plan thus far. Even though yesterday wasn’t a great day, I’m learning a lot from this experience. So far, I’ve learned that…
- The last 275 words of my daily word count goal are always the hardest to write.
- Inspiration tends to strike just as I’m finally ready to go to bed.
- Clicking on Word Count in Microsoft Word does not automatically result in more words magically appearing on the page.
- I should have outlined a LOT more!
- I work better when I write on paper and then transfer it to my computer.
Here’s to many more days of writing, learning, and growing!