I’d like to thank everybody who’s supported me through such an endurance test. This was my third year of completing NaNoWriMo successfully. I did however attempt and fall short way more times than I won. I’ve learned a lot through those attempts and completions. Most of all I continue to learn and relearn that one important detail. Don’t give up. Tonight I was complaining. I was feeling lazy and I didn’t want to write. I’d already given four thousand words to the day and I still had eight thousand to go. My story had turned upside down and my characters were not cooperating. I essentially didn’t want to write. I didn’t even want to get out of bed. (And by the way folks…please listen to me when I tell you this>>>do NOT write in your bed. You’ll most likely not get a lot done. Kudos to those who can pull that off.)
My daughter, who is fifteen, was laying beside me on her phone in twitterville. She turns to me and says, “It doesn’t have to be good. It just has to be finished.” I knew she was reading something from my wall of inspiration I put up just for NaNoWriMo but her saying it out loud made all the difference. I was even thinking the same thing in my head but choosing to ignore it. Until she said it. That gave me the ability to recognize the truth. I can write shit. It really doesn’t have to be great. If I expect it to then I’m setting myself up for a huge disappointment. But if it is finished then at least I have something, even a shitty draft, to work with.
So what now?
I am laying in my bed. I have my Steno notebook beside me and my blue Bic Pen. I am geared up to starting my goals list. My to-do lists (month by month) and I am ready and roaring to go. See, this is the important thing you need to know. After finishing something crazy big, such as writing 50 friggin thousand words in 29 days (one day early might I add) a person just feels so awesome; like they can take on the world. THIS is the time to start making goals. Later, before the new year hits, you can clean it up, prioritize things, cross things out. But right now is the time when all your hopes and dreams come out, unhinged, unbiased, and without fear. Because shit…you CAN take on anything after doing something like that, right?
So I’m going to dive into creating some crazy too-big-for-my-britches goals and just sit in the splendor that is SUCCESS. (Did you see my previous post?) LOL
Anywhoo….I would love to hear about YOUR accomplishments this year. Whether it was writing or dancing or creating a new website. What was your hardest parts? Any pointers to share. Give it all dearies. I wanna hear whatchu got!