NaNoWriMo – The end is only a beginning

So it is the last day of the month, the end of NaNoWriMo.

For some of you this is a sigh of relief – the pressure is off.  For others, it is despairing  knowing that you did not reach your goal.  Some of you may be experiencing the joys of a strong finish.  And still more of you are just glad to be done – finished never having to look at that story again.

I applaud you finishers!  I congratulate you writers of a novel in a month!

I, nevertheless, did not finish…strong or otherwise.

But I do not consider this a failing, just a lesson.

I set out to write and see were it took me.  I wanted to have a goal and strive towards it.  I wanted to discipline myself and win the battle against my fickle muse.  In many ways, I succeeded in that cause.  I discovered that if I did “just sit down and force words onto the page” I could bring about a story even if my muse thought otherwise.

I learned that life is full of more distractions that I truly realized.  There are family gatherings, friendly emergencies, daily duties, need for sustenance  and unexpected occurrences that take up time, energy and money.  These interruptions are not all bad.  Some are very good.  These distractions can and will hinder you from enjoying, completing or even actually writing. (This is true for any hobby or extra curricular activity that you do).   If  I am going to be a writer, I am going to need to be more disciplined.  Writing is work but if I wait for the inspiration or the time, I’ll never write.  I need to make the time.  I need to be consistent, purposeful  and resolved in my writing.

Instead of looking at my measly 30,000 word count and thinking that I have failed, I am looking at my 30,000 words as that much closer to finishing an actual story.  NaNoWriMo forced me to write and by writing I worked out many of the kinks in the plot.  I now have a story that is worth finishing.  I am not sure if I am only half way there with my story or not but I have a strong beginning and a hopeful ending.

Keep writing!



About LizzyBeth

There is a Story inside of me that I must give a voice. I write so that imagination can take me to Faerie and I can catch a glimpse of the Otherworld and hopefully so will you.

Posted on November 30, 2012, in Humor, Inspiration, Lantern Hollow Press Authors, Rachel Burkholder, Words, Writing Hints and Helps and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I really enjoyed this post as well as your other previous posts about NaNoWriMo…It makes me want to attempt it the next time around….and Good Job sticking with it even though you didn’t make the goal! Keep it up! 🙂


    • CarrieLynn,
      Thank you for the encouragement. NaNoWriMo was lots of fun and I’d recommend participating. Happy Writing!

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