Another November Has Come and Gone...

>> Tuesday, December 6, 2011

November totally rocked!

It flew by at warp speed and now that it's over, I'm looking back to reflect on what I learned and figure out where I go from here.

As I'm sure you all know, I was wrapped up in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short)

I typed my fingers to nubbins, striving to reach the 50,000 word goal by the 30th. It was fast and furious fun and just the same as the last two years, it was a learning experience too.

Here's a few of this year's insights:

1.  Getting words on a page isn't that hard for me. I was able to spit out an average of 2-3,000 per day so I ended up over word count and ahead of schedule most of the time.

2.  The quality of said words? Not so great. But it didn't matter: Just getting the storyline down created a framework to expand, revise, and tighten up.

3.  There's a competitive streak in me that serves as a catalyst for my motivation. Deadlines really can be our friend!

4.  I love to win! Enough said.

The end result of NaNo was that yes, I reached the 50,000 (55,659, to be exact) and more important, I was able to complete the rough draft of the manuscript I started two years ago.

Photo Finish is now safely tucked into a notebook (and backed up several different ways) so that the editing process can begin. I have test readers lined up, pre-editing phase done up to chapter 19 (of 50) and hope to move it into editing by the first of the year.

I'm also ready to get back to blogging. I made a choice to put my blog on the back burner because I was busy burning midnight oil on NaNo. Thanks for hanging in there. I hope you haven't grown weary of waiting for me to show up again and I appreciate your patience.

I plan on making a commitment to weekly posts (at least) and will bring in some of my fiction, devotionals, and of course, now that I let Miranda DailyLife have a crack at it, I'm sure I won't be able to get rid of her. (Note to self: change phone number.)

November may be a distant memory, but I have a constant reminder in the form of the winner's certificates.

They grace my wall as a reminder of the last three Novembers and are a visual what I can accomplish when I set my mind (and fingers) to it.

If I need encouragement when I feel like giving up, all I have to do is look up from my writing chair: instant gratification. (Who doesn't love that?)

And yes, there's room for more: I've already got a storyline bouncing around in my head for next November...

5 comments:

Nicole Mandeville December 6, 2011 at 8:58 AM  

Way to go! Watching and waiting to see your name on the best sellers list!

Cathryn Hasek December 7, 2011 at 12:50 PM  

Way to go, kim! Glad you enjoyed your writing month, too! So many people seemed so stressed about it but you were very encouraging! Makes me want to try my hand at NaNo next year! Thanks for writing about it and glad you are back to blogging! Blessings!

Joanne Sher December 7, 2011 at 1:16 PM  

Good for you, Kim! Loved reading this post.

Diana Dart December 7, 2011 at 9:37 PM  

Yay for You, Kim!!!! You're an inspiration. Really, really.

Sandi Hughes,  December 9, 2011 at 5:06 PM  

I am so very proud of you! I hope your finger nubbins grow back out by next year for the next writing!!! Sandi

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