Happy December, friends! And to everyone who celebrated the end of November today by laying low, going out with friends, or continuing to plug away on your work in progress – congratulations on getting to the end of National Novel Writing Month 2019!
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Last year, I reached 50,000 words by the end of November for the first time, and it felt exceptional. I had brought my story idea to life – it was real. This year, things went a bit differently in terms of word count, but my enthusiasm towards my story is still high.
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writing. ✍ Happy November, and cheers to National Novel Writing Month! I'm kicking off the challenge with a few timeless words from the late Mary Oliver: "A writing schedule is a good suggestion to make to young writers, for example. Also, it is enough to tell them. Would one tell them so soon the whole truth, that one must be ready at all hours, and always, that the ideas in their shimmering forms, in spite of all our conscious discipline, will come when they will, and on the swift upheaval of their wings – disorderly; reckless; as unmanageable, sometimes, as passion?" ☆ Write on, friends. 💫 #NaNoWriMo ☆ #amwriting #booksonwriting #MaryOliver #Upstream #bookstagram #igreads #books #bookish #booksofinstagram #writersofinstagram #bookishfeatures #bookpost #bookblog #bookphotography #bookishlove #bookquotes
Over the past 30 days, I wrote a total of 25,487 words. I’m actually quite impressed that I reached the halfway point – there were many days of no writing and little writing and you know, self-doubt. But those discouraging moments, nights, and writing sessions where little writing was done are behind me, and I have over 25,000 more words, dozens of new scenes, deeper character back stories, and a better understanding of the work still needing to be done.
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the call to creative work. 💫 Sharing one more of my favorite passages from Mary Oliver's essay Of Power and Time: ☆ "There is no other way work of artistic worth can be done. And the occasional success, to the striver, is worth everything. The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time." ☆ What kind of creative work are you dedicating your time to this week? 🍂 ☆ #amwriting #bookstagram #igreads #books #bookish #booksofinstagram #readersofinstagram #writersofinstagram #bookishfeatures #bookpost #bookblog #bookphotography #bookishlove #AutumnLeaves #NaNoWriMo #bookquotes
That work includes editing. Lots and lots of editing. I really should have done a way more thorough job of editing before going into NaNoWriMo this year, but I don’t have time to dwell on that anymore – and I hope that whatever setbacks or difficulties you faced during National Novel Writing Month can be discarded; shed the weight and keep improving and adding to your work in progress. Or maybe shedding the weight means scrapping (not deleting!) and starting fresh.
So that ends another writing frenzy – how did you do this year? Was it your first? Are you a seasoned WriMo? Did you reach your goals? Reshape your goals? I would love to hear about it all in the comments. Congratulations, writers!