The NaNoWriMo wrap up post

After a few days of computer and Red Bull detox, I am pleased to announce:

I finished NaNoWriMo a winner!

Nano 08 Winner Small

I caught up and wrote 30,000 words in the last three days of the month and although it was painful (fingers & arms hated me, but holy cow! can I type fast now), torturous, and exhausting, I can say “I wrote a novel in November.”

It’s the first draft, it is not anything that I’ll let anyone see yet (second draft, probably) but I did it. I’m so proud of myself for finishing it. Those who know me, or at least read me here, know that I struggle with ADHD something wicked, so as a person with five other unfinished novels in various stages of draft development, finishing one (a new one, at that) is a very big deal indeed. It’s given me a mental boost that is hard to explain, but I did it. I can do it again. NaNoWriMo has proven to me that I can be what I want to be and that even though I had some rather serious things working against me (being ill for nearly 3 weeks was a wee hurdle) that I did it anyway.
ADHD, illness, and working Christmas hours in retail be damned, I f’in did it.
Go, me!

Just after toast with some obligatory bubbly a few minutes past midnight, I wiped clean my office whiteboard and wrote something very important on it: NEXT. Since then, I’ve also written two ideas for new novels up there.
And here I thought I had no stories to tell. November 2008 changed that in me forever.

Thank you NaNoWriMo. See you next year. x

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10 thoughts on “The NaNoWriMo wrap up post”

  1. Thank you Rachel! It’s a big deal to me, definitely. I know I’ve read several others on the web put down NaNoWriMo as encouraging the cult of amateur, but for me it worked and gets me a little bit closer to doing what I want for a living.

    First drafts are supposed to suck, and mine does, but allowing myself to suck was a big step mentally as well.

    I think I may give myself the one month challenge more often. I can do it in less, so it should feel like tonnes of time! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. WOOT!

    Inspiring effort, Jen. It’s so great to see you broke through on this project.

    Maybe you just need insane risk-it-all deadlines to be productive ๐Ÿ™‚

    cheers
    matt

  3. A deadline is almost always the only way I can get something done. No pressure and I’m a procrastinatin’ fool. This was possibly the toughest deadline I’ve ever gone after and I did it. Next up is taking a reasonable amount of time to edit it. I should probably set myself an unrealistic deadline for that too! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Thank you, Matt!

  4. YAY!!!!! You go girl!

    I need some of that there motivation and some spoons (รก la ‘The Spoon Theory’) to scoop it up with so that I can get on with writing my memoirs/memories/autobiography – I started them/it for NaNoWriMo 2005 – no I did not win/complete…

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