It’s been a month since my last post, and… Yes! 50,055 of my fictional words exist in the world that didn’t exist before.
I won NaNoWriMo! The good news is that everyone who writes 50,000 words of a novel in the 30 days of November is a winner. It feels good to win. What feels even better is the weight of this heavy manuscript on my desk. I’m not claiming that it’s good, only that it’s here. I admit that I already miss the characters, though I take that as a good sign that I may have a few months of revision ahead of me.
Writing daily felt like practicing yoga each day. Except easier. Because I already had a dedicated yoga and meditation practice to draw from. I knew ahead of time that there would be days that I really didn’t feel like writing (although not as many as I had expected). And days when the story just didn’t move, and I had to stay with it and wait for something to happen. Keep moving. Sit for a bit. Keep moving.
Even if this messy manuscript never becomes a novel…. Even if no one ever reads the book…. I know what it was like to see the word count grow. It’s an excellent reminder for me about the benefits of discipline and slow, steady effort. Also, I let my imagination play, and running with my creativity without worrying about how “good” it is feels great.
Last, and best of all, my NaNoWriMo Winner t-shirt should arrive in the mail in a couple weeks!