So, this is it. November is already over, and with it, NaNoWriMo. I know I talked about it a lot lately, but well, it’s quite the subject of the month, isn’t it? After an exhausting month of trying to write an entire novel – or at least 50,000 words of it -, I think it’s time to brag, or cry, or a little bit or both at the same time. And it’s time to talk about what this month brought us.
Writing is HARD. How can people simply stare at a blank screen, and make words flow out of their fingers, just like that?! Writing is exhausting, especially when you’re trying to type away two full Word pages every single day, regardless of how busy you might be, of school, work, and life obligations getting in the way. Writing is WONDERFUL. Once we’ve managed to step away from the fear eating our gut, from the simple idea that we’re not good enough, we just do. We make our imagination come alive. And that’s what NaNoWriMo is for.
I wasn’t a good, disciplined writer before I started writing NaNoWriMo this month. I used to love writing, but the last few years, I let other things, like life, getting in the way of that. And I just, didn’t write anymore. But I missed it every single day. NaNoWriMo forced me out of my writing slump, and made me write, actual words. Made me shape a story I’ve been wanting to write for so long. Some days were hard, some others were easy and I wrote 3K in the blink of an eye. What matters is that I WROTE. And, for that, I am already proud, and SO SHOULD YOU.
Okay, it’s time to get out the fireworks. It’s my second year doing NaNoWriMo, and, today, I’m happy to say that, I DID IT. I ABSOLUTELY DID IT. I wrote 50K in a whole month, and even a little more than that. And my story is not over, and I’m not giving it up. Did I lose a little bit my mind while writing?! Did I put off some homework, some life, some tv shows and some reading to write? Yes, and YES. Do I regret it? NO. Because I wrote a freaking novel. Well at least, it looks like a messy first draft that I’m currently still working on. But it’s something. And, if you ask me, as long as you WROTE something, well, you’re good to go. I am proud of you, of us. And now I’m off to eat some cake and trying to find my brain, lost somewhere in the pages of my NaNoWriMo doc.
Did you participate in NaNoWriMo this year? How did you do? Now looking back at it, what did you learn about the little writer in you?! 💬
If you didn’t participate, would you consider joining this fantastic, brain-eating adventure? 💬
Share your stories, your great and bad NaNo days, and let’s chat about it in comments over a cup of tea and some cake, much needed after all of this! ☕️🍰