NaNoWriMo 2017: Conclusion

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You, guys. YOU. GUYS. It’s done! I know it’s been a couple days now, but NaNoWriMo is officially at its end, can you believe it? After all the late-night writing binges, after consuming more caffeinated beverages than anything of actual nutritional value, and after writing our little hearts out all last month, it is finally OVER!

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We did it, guys! We weathered the storm. If you participated, I’d love to hear how you did. Hopefully everyone got a great experience out of it. πŸ™‚ I think the whole challenge is a positive thing no matter the word count you end with because it is a valuable learning tool as a writer. So, no matter the outcome, congrats on another NaNoWriMo battle fought and survived (and maybe even vanquished!)

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I spent the last couple weeks of November sick, but determined not to give up. Hence why I wound up going on a brief hiatus and have been a no-show around here lately. (Can you tell I started to feel the pressure when I wound up a bit shy of my intended word count by the halfway mark?) πŸ˜› Well, the near-maddening level of work I put into it paid off and I DID cross the finish line. Not in a smooth, effortless gazelle-level-of-grace sort of way, but in more of a frothing-at-the-mouth, crashing through the wall and skidding to a bloody stop sort of way.

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So, that said, by the end of November I finished the challenge by the skin of my teeth with . . . dun dun dunnnnn . . . 50,246 words. I wrote my little heart out. Some of it is pretty rough, but they call it a “rough draft” for a reason, no? πŸ˜‰ There’s plenty more to keep writing for this story, but I’ve got a lot of that figured out already, too. I tend to be a project hopper, always bouncing from idea to idea, but I’m really enjoying writing these characters and their world right now, which leads me into another big announcement as the start of the new year draws ever nearer. It’s something I’m pretty excited about. πŸ˜€

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I’m one of those people who always does the whole New Year’s Resolution thing. For a long time I was ALSO one of those people who made the goals and forgot all about them a month or two into the new year. Last year was different, though. I made a lot of resolutions aimed toward improving myself and I actually did accomplish a lot of them, which was an amazing feeling. I’ll do a whole post about my goals for the upcoming year as January gets closer, but for now, while we’re on the topic of my current writing project, I want to announce that one of those goals is to (by the end of 2018) have a finalized draft of my novel to start submitting to publishers.

NaNoWriMo was a major step in this, but only the first of many that I’ll have to take to make these goal happen. I’m looking forward to the journey though, no matter how stressful it might just end up being. Along the way I may even finally work up the nerve to talk a bit about what it is I’m actually working on. I’m neurotic about only letting people see my stuff when it’s DONE but maybe I’ll lighten up a bit on that. Maybe. lol It’s hard for me to let people see the rough, WIP versions of things I’m making, so we’ll see. Are any of you guys like that, too? I always see people sharing the things they’re working on and I love to see it, just for some reason I’ve always had a hard time showing things until they’re finished. Maybe that is something I should work on, too. πŸ˜›

Alright, time to catch up on everyone’s blogs! I’ve missed popping into WP since I was finishing my writing binge and dealing with a very busy last few days. It’ll be nice to see what you’ve all been up to. πŸ™‚

 

 

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17 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2017: Conclusion”

  1. Congratulations! I’m sooo happy that you have completed the goal and crossed the finish line! I have friends that are the same way about not letting anyone see their work whether it’s writing or art until it’s complete. That’s an amazing goal and I wish you well. I enjoy your blog writing so I can only imagine how in love I would be with your book πŸ˜€ . If you ever want to talk to anyone about your writing, I hope you know that I’m all ears :)/ Have a great December!

    -Luna πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you!! πŸ˜€
      November really blew by in the blink of an eye. And with all that college work you had on top of things, I’m sure it was even more chaotic! Hopefully December will be a little calmer (even with all the holiday stuff going on!) πŸ˜›

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  2. Huge congrats, definitely a conclusion worth celebrating! I think the journey is one to savour, even though it’s stressful, because it’ll be worth it. “Along the way I may even finally work up the nerve to talk a bit about what it is I’m actually working on” – I hope we hear more about this, but it’s entirely up to you, if/when you feel comfortable to share. Hope you’re having a lovely weekend πŸ™‚
    Caz x

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    1. Aw, thank you so much! πŸ™‚ You’re absolutely right about savoring the journey, even when it gets stressful. Thanks again for the kind words. It really does mean a lot! πŸ˜€ Hope you had a great weekend, too.

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  3. Woot! Congrats. I pulled a 0 word count for NaNo, but I made an account so that’s… something, haha. Good luck with your publishing goal! I’ve had a novel in-progress for 2-ish years and NO ONE knows what it’s about. I only admit I’m writing it to online people too πŸ™‚

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  4. Congrats, my happy pixel!! It’s been a great effort, I know… I have a hard time showing people my work, even when it’s finished. I know that I should have to work on this subject, specially if I want to publish my story. Lots of people are going to read it…
    Are you still writing? The same story or you have a new one??

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    1. Thanks!! πŸ˜€ I know what you mean, it can be hard sharing even the finished work, too. I think it’s because it feels so personal since it’s just you and your writing project for so long and you put so much work and passion into it.
      Yeah, I’m still writing! πŸ™‚ It isn’t the one I was working on during last year’s NaNoWriMo, but I’ve still got that one on the backburner. This one took hold and I’ve been absolutely loving working on it.

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      1. You’re welcome, my happy pixel!! I think I am afraid to realize that I am the only one who loves reading the text…. Maybe for other people it’s boring…
        Keep writing! I love to develop my thoughts and to turn my ideas into words. I think I could be writing all my life πŸ˜‰

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