Done. I completed and won the NaNoWriMo Challenge for 2014!
The goal is 50,000 words in the 30 days of November. I reached the goal in 25 days averaging over 2,000 words and nearly three hours of writing each day. This is my first deep-dive into novel writing and I have much to learn, but thanks to this NaNoWriMo challenge I stopped thinking about it and started. I wrote page one then page two and onward for 200 more. My daily word count goal drove me forward.
Damn, it feels good and yet, I am not as excited as I expected. I want to complete a book of 400 pages and that, my friends, doubles my word count to 100,000. Instead of singing a happy tune and dancing like a fool on my accomplishment this month, I only think of where I stand now … Half Way There.
Indeed my novel writing process mirrors my life.
- My 50,000 words need to become 100,000 for the novel to be complete.
- I celebrated my 50th birthday this year. Onward to 100 years.
- After a lifetime with one organization, my job ends in two weeks. A new career awaits.
I see the road ahead – new job, writing, and my life in total. I close my eyes and whisper … Half Way There.
So from my first draft, I discover something more, a new mindset … Half Way There. Behind me there are many accomplishments and ahead of me are far more. Hard work and focus remain for … I am Half Way There.
Yet, before I continue my journey I recognize the need to pause, bend down, and touch this milestone at my feet. This NaNoWriMo win today is a beautiful thing and a marker that my path forward is true. I do love my story. I will put the time and effort into completing it.
As with my book, as with my life.