I wrote a 50,000 word novel in 21 days. Do you know how crazy that is? This past Saturday, November 25th, I wrote 6,715 words to complete my NaNoWriMo 2017 novel. If you count all the days I actually wrote, which was every day except Sundays and Thanksgiving, that made only 21 days. That means my daily average was about 2,400 words. That’s A LOT!
So, I am now an official, three time NaNoWriMo winner. That’s pretty awesome.
I had a plan, a goal and a road map for how I was going to write this novel. I got up early when I could, worked on it in spare moments during the day, worked on it in the evenings when my husband worked on other things, and I just kept plugging along.
During this month I also made 20 batches of soap for my business, demonstrated bath bomb making in my son’s class as well as all the holiday prep that goes along with Thanksgiving and the start of the Christmas shopping season. I’ve been extremely busy and have had a set back in health because I pushed myself too hard. (When will I ever learn!)
Soooo . . . . even though I was very busy, was suffering from low energy, brain fog and a multitude of frustrations, I still managed to write. It wasn’t stellar, but I got through it. It was a consistent habit that I got back into and I looked forward to it.
Now I’m wondering what my next move is going to be.
I’ve proven to myself that I can still write even through the brain fog and fatigue, so I want to keep going. I’ve thought about maybe doing a “12 short stories in 12 months” writing challenge, but we will see.
There’s a couple books that I’ve been meaning to read and a book I’m trying to get ready to submit, so maybe that’s what I’m going to do for a while. I’ll concentrate on my Mountain Girl Speaks blog (which I’ve neglected during this crazy month of writing), and just try to reconnect to my first love of the fantasy genre.
You know what’s one of the coolest things about this past experience?
I’ve written 5 novels. I can say that now. That’s not even to mention the two novellas, numerous short stories and hundreds of blog posts.
I really am a writer. I’m not some wannabe. I’m not one of those kinds of people who says “I think I have a novel in me,” and then never writes it. Because you know what? I actually wrote it and I did it more than once.
True, I may not be officially published yet, but I’m looking at it as more a matter of “when” and not “if.” And even though I’m going to take it a little easy for a while, I’m ready for that next big challenge. I going to go put my feet in the big kids pool and see what happens.