That is what I did. I really wish I could tell you how I did it, but I can’t. I write differently from others. It’s very much a personal journey. I really just want to spend this post congratulating myself. To avid that, just scroll down to the bold to see my plans for the blog and my book from here with a word of advice for fellow winners and NaNo participants.
My final, documented, word count was a little over 51k. Only took a picture of when I hit 50k, but that was my goal. I was so proud of myself when I hit it that I called my partner and told him, texted my mom, and cried.
This was a really stressful process for me. As you can see in the picture below, I’m really bad at keeping things going every day, or even most days. But in the end, I refused to lose and forced myself through the story to the finish.
Now that that’s done…
I want to talk about where I’m going from here, but first I want to give a word of advice:
If you won NaNo this year, congrats! If that’s all you wanted, then good job. If you want more, take more. Give it some time, then go back and edit. See if your second draft can be around 55-60k words (if your goal is publication with an agent or big publishing house.)
If you didn’t win, you still tried! And don’t stop trying! Keep writing. Don’t give up, especially if you’re real goal is to write a book, not just win NaNo. Just keep writing for yourself and get your book finished!
Now that November is over, I have the semester winding down here at school. Today is the first day of Prep/Dead Week and next week are my final exams. I only really have two, so it’s not too stressful, but I need to take them just as seriously as I normally would.
For my book, I’m not abandoning it. My ultimate goal is an agent and a publisher. I’m taking a month or so off form this story, thought. I’m planning to wait and read through my book at either mid-January or early February. I’m going to read through it on my Nook like it was any other book and try to critique it as such. Then I’ll rewrite it and I hope to have all this done by the time I (hopefully) leave for Ireland!
As for this blog, I hope to be so much more active! I know in the coming month I have at least 3 book reviews, hopefully more. I also hope to come up with, maybe, some tutorials and such. Sadly, with the distraction of writing and avoiding writing, I haven’t planned out the month yet, so we’ll see how this month goes.
I’m sorry I disappeared and did horribly last month and please forgive any disorganization this month.
I did notice a spike in pageviews and a few new followers and to you all I wanted to say welcome and thank you for visiting! Sorry you came in such a strange time. I hope you enjoy it as things get back to normal, and better, in January!
Did you participate in NaNoWriMo? Did you win? Did you have fun? What are you plans for your book in the future?