NaNoWriMo : I did it !

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. ย And it’s time to talk about what this month brought us.

tumblr_inline_mk72w7uD9m1qz4rgpWriting 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.ย 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.

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tumblr_myou73BQOH1qlgbzbo1_500Okay, 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. a76df5540468496510d1e04b711257aeWell 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.ย 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?!ย ๐Ÿ’ฌ

If you didn’t participate, would you consider joining this fantastic, brain-eating adventure? ๐Ÿ’ฌ

Share your stories, your great and bad NaNo days,ย and let’s chat about it in comments over a cup of tea and some cake, much needed after all of this!ย โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿฐ

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37 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo : I did it !

  1. I was waiting for you to post about it ๐Ÿ™‚ and I was not disappointed. Once again HUGE CONGRATS!!! โค You'll catch up on everything in no time, just keep working on your first draft in the meantime as well. And when you are done, and I know it sounds strange, but after you've finished your first draft, let it sit for a couple of weeks or months! It's important for editing that the story is not completely fresh in your mind. You are going to have so much fun reading it again after that. You'll laugh at some stuff and be astonished about some of the genius sentences you've written and can't even remember ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I love your use of gifs by the way!!! Is the first one Kristen Bell crying over the fact that she's about to meet a sloth?

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      1. Something weird just happened. Your previous comment didn’t show itself completely, so I’m only reading now the end of it. WordPress is weird!
        Thank you for the sweet and great advice! It’s definitely something I will keep in mind once I’m done writing the whole story. I want to look back at it and be happy, and I guess if I look back at it right after writing it, I can be annoyed. Too much time in the same story isn’t good I guess! ๐Ÿ™‚
        And YES, it is Kristen Bell crying about a sloth, I just LOVE her, and that moment. I can totally relate, too, I mean, A SLOTH is amazing ๐Ÿ˜€

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      2. Oh yeah, WordPress is weird like that. It doesn’t always show the entire comment, so when I suspect that people wrote more or something like that, I always check again on the post itself hahaha
        You’re welcome for the advice! It’s not just that you might get annoyed with it, but it’s difficult to make huge changes right away. You’ll have a whole new perspective with a little time apart.
        I LOVE KRISTEN BELL AS WELL! โค AND SLOTHS TOO!!!

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  2. Yay! We did it! I think the thing that NaNo is great for is shutting up he negative self talk. When you have to write so much in such a short space to time, it’s more difficult to fall down the endless pit that is I suck-related despair. I’m not saying it’s impossible, there’s just less time for that sort of thing.

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    1. You’re so right, I feel the same way. It just forced me to write and didn’t allow me to slow down and just erase everything I’ve been writing, haha. Now that it’s December again, I’m scared to be much slower, and to erase much more of my first draft though. I guess we’ll see how that goes ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. Editing can be a fun process though. It’s just a different sort of fun, hacking what you’ve written apart rather than putting it together. It’s sometimes more fun to have something to work with than having the pressure to produce all the time.

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      2. Wow, thank you for this. I didn’t think about the editing process this way, for me it just seemed like destroying everything a little bit, haha. But you’re so right, working and putting into place a material we spend so much time on, can be fun! I will definitely keep that in mind when I’m editing, so thank you for that! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  3. Congratulations! That’s definitely a huge accomplishment. All the very best for the rest of your book. I plan on to participate next year, I would have this year but I was missing one of the main ingredient, i.e. my computer! In desperate need of a new one. Nonetheless, hopefully I’ll be able to put something on paper..well on my computer next year. Congrats once again!

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  4. Congrats!! I don’t really do NaNo cos I write a lot anyway and it’s not really my style. But I think it’s great for motivation and a good way to get people hooked on writing!! ๐Ÿ™‚ But cos I didn’t do enough writing in October, I wanted to set some targets for November, but I didn’t get to do them cos I had a hectic month. Ah well, c’est la vie- there’s always this month! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. That’s so great you can write like that without NaNoWriMo! ๐Ÿ˜€ I wish I could do the same, but I feel like I really needed the word-goal, and a little bit of the pressure maybe, too, to really get back into writing. Now that it’s done, I’m hoping to write more every day! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Aw that’s too bad! Well I’m sure you’ll catch up this month, I believe in you, yaay!! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thank you so much!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. Thank you!! ๐Ÿ˜€ That’s great- I like that NaNo gets people motivated! That’s the most important thing ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s great that it’s made you want to continue as well ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully, when I don’t write, I work on the plan or ideas mostly, so it’s not so bad. I think I stopped cos I needed to do edits before I continued. which I’m starting to do, so I should be back on track soon ๐Ÿ™‚

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