NaNoWriMo Journal: The Finish Line

My mother’s family came to visit for Thanksgiving. It had been a long time since I’ve seen so many relatives at once, so I put my writing off for one day to decompress and reconnect with family. After the meal, I had coffee and pie with my cousin, who is also a writer. We talked about books and the craft of writing. It was wonderful to see her again and talk shop, especially our NaNoWriMo projects. She is part of a hardcore group and has written 50,000 words in 24 hours. Wow, I said. That’s intense! How do you do it? She smiled and said she didn’t eat or sleep.

I don’t know if I would ever subject myself to such a rigorous (possibly insane!) writing habit, but I can proudly say that I can write over 50k words in 30 days.

This morning I pushed myself to write the final 2,000 words needed to hit 50,123, making me an official “winner” of NaNoWriMo. It’s a great feeling to finish this challenge, but my book is not even closed to being finished. I predict this novel needs to be at least 70k words in order to be complete. I am fine with this. This was a fun challenge, but now I’m looking forward to taking a few days off from writing anything before going back in. I want to finish writing this book and put it through the necessary rounds of edits and revisions.

This challenge has reminded me that writing well means making the time to simply write. Treat it like any profession, but don’t forget to take breaks to refresh and recharge. It is a process. No one gets it right the first time, so just write and worry about polishing it later.

I will be making time again to return to my freelance editing work, so feel free to contact me if you have a novel that needs editing. Be well.

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