I don’t know about you but I tend to disappear when I am engrossed in… well, just about anything. Mostly, I have attention issues but I am quite capable of focusing. Ha-ha! I am still here though.
My therapist observed that I am addicted to instant gratification, be it my Farm Heroes Saga game, casino gambling, reading or writing. At least, writing is one of my addictions. November is NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, and this month, I was/am definitely addicted to writing. My inadequacy issue has been an advantage as my determination to prove that I could write and update my word count every day kept me on course. There were days when I could hardly write, or I wanted to have fun instead of write, but I typed some words, even less than five hundred, because I did not dare miss a day. A few days had just 20-minute word sprints and then I was away from writing until the next day when I had to update my word count again. However, there were days when I would continue to write, having entertained myself a bit out in the world where people did stuff socially, ensuring my numbers for my next update. The best days were when I wrote words after words, strings and strings of them. Those days, I became one with my awful first draft.
I completed my 50,000 words. In fact, 51,411 words were validated yesterday. I am ecstatic! Yet, I feel a little apprehensive knowing that the exercise was not for naught and greater challenges are still ahead of me, not counting the fact that the novel, the first draft, still need more words. I have notes on what I still need to write. Therefore, I will continue to add words today, tomorrow and on the last day of November. In December, even though my focus will shift from my NaNoWriMo novel to the romance novel I started writing in October for my other writing project, which I set aside in the last two weeks, I hope to keep the momentum and continue writing the first draft from NaNoWriMo until it is complete.
The romance novel writing project shall continue beyond the original January 2018 target completion. It is also only the first draft. In 2018, I will attend to the second drafts… hoping I will be in the position to do so… then, the next drafts…, and the next… The outline of my romance novel is better than my overall planning for my NaNoWriMo novel so there will be pulling of hair as I work on improving my characters, plots, scenes, dialogues, etc. I am a pantser pretending to be a plotter although I could possibly pass for a plantser. The coming year will also be the perfect year for me to learn creative writing. I don’t believe I am too old to learn.
One important thing I learned from my first NaNoWriMo is about myself: I am capable of the discipline, focus and completion. I have known me to be terrific at starting projects but I suck at follow through and finish. The novel isn’t complete but I completed my 50,000-word goal. I can dedicate time to write daily and my goal is to copy November and paste on to December. Then, I should copy this end of November goal to end of December goal and repeat at the end of December and every month after that, but breaking down the goal monthly. Bite-size goals might just be the trick that works for me. I just need to integrate the blogging with the writing.
Congratulations to all who have completed their 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo! To those of you who are still on the race, all the best. You can do it! Keep writing.
Thank you for sticking around with me!
Love and hugs from me to you!
I know, I am so chuffed that I have two NaNo Winner images here.