It's probably a little early to be wrapping up nanowrimo, but I am rarely one to stand on ceremony. Although I didn't formally sign up for nanowrimo, I set myself some goals and did my best to stick to them. My reason for this was simple: I needed the kick up the butt a competition provided to finish a story. I am normally such a perfectionist when it comes to my writing, that I find the concept of a rough draft abhorrent.
And so, my goal was less to achieve 50,000 words, and more to finish a story, from start to finish, including character creation and all. I experienced some hurdles along the way - I began a Saturday job, thus working 6 days a week, I put my house on the market to sell, I ate tomato (which I am highly allergic to) and became very unwell, I caught a cold.
Coming to look back at those setbacks, it's a miracle, really, that I achieved anything this month! And yet, I did reach my goal. Although just reaching the 20,000 word mark I, for the first time in my life, completed a story in full. I can't tell you how excited I am! It's not pretty, at times the writing is so bad it's shameful, but it's a full story! YeeHaw! I had my lovely, supportive boyfriend print it out for me so I could hold it in my hot little hands. And then what did I do? Did I set it down and walk away? Noooo. Did I stare at it in disbelief for hours? Noooo. I picked up the pen and re-wrote the entire first chapter.
Talk about motivational! How did everyone else go with their NaNoWriMo? I hope you achieved some, if not all, of your goals.
To me, nanowrimo is not about writing a vast amount of words. It is about achieving a goal to further motivate me in my writing journey. For some, 20,000 words is something to sneer at. You may pooh pooh it, but I revel in it. Because, for me, forming words is easy. Creating flowing sentences is a breeze. But finishing what I started? That's the hard part, because I too often let life carry me along on new tangents. I have now learned that, if determined enough, I can achieve whatever my little heart desires.
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