NaNoWriMo Wrap Up

November has gone and past and along with the NaNoWriMo. If you do not  know what NaNoWriMo is it is National November Writing Month the month where you sit down and write a 50,000 word novel in a month. Yeah. You might wonder why in the world would anyone want to do that? Besides wanting to rip my hair out when I have a character who refuses to work with me or what I know I am typing is utter crap. I enjoy the challenge. It also feels amazing to get a story going, I get giddy every time I start to form out the story and the plot. Seeing something come to life that has been dancing around my mind is mesmerizing and terrifying. But in NaNoWriMo you have to keep going, you cannot go back once you start.

This year I was nowhere near where I wanted to be, but instead of feeling defeated like I have in the past this year I decided I was going to have positive things to say. I have my characters, a storyline, a setting and I have started the story that I have had in mind for months now. I have started it and through the year I will build on it, strenghting my writing and evolve all parts of the story.

I also learned that I have a lot to learn. I struggled with balancing life, my TBR and writing. I am still learning how to juggle all the above and work. Sometimes I wish I did not have to work, and just make my passions a full time job, but I know that is not possible right now. I also need to get stronger with my writing and learn to pace. I have written nothing but short stories and writing a novel is a bit of a challenge for me, but each day  I have been doing writing excerises to make myself better.

So my takeaway this year is that I have started, which is more than what some writers do. I didn’t scrap what I have started, instead I have done some editing to it and I am hoping that maybe this little idea that I had turns into something. All you have to do is leap and you never know what will follow after that, but isn’t that the fun of things? I know my strength and weaknesses and I am ready to tackle writing a book. It is emotionally and physically draining, but I am doing something I love and who knows maybe I will finally be able to make a hobby into a career.

Did you any of you do NaNoWriMo, if so how did you do?

Happy reading and writing!

Courtney