Half Way There

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.

3 thoughts on “Half Way There

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    1. Sandy – sorry for the late reply. Thanks! The book is sitting for now, but I will return to it this week. All the best to you – always love your posts and photos.

      – Michael

  1. Congratulations to my brother! Half way there is better than not starting at all. Very proud of you and looking so forward to reading your first book of many. Love you!

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