With 8 days still to go before the end of Novemeber, I managed to hit my 50K target last night at around 11:30PM. This was after a grueling battle with procrastination, discipline and life, where I attempted to use as many excuses as I could manage, to put it all off for another day. I still had 8 days left in the week to finish anyway right? And during those couple of hours, writing 5000 words seemed a mammoth of a task to undertake, regardless of the previous days when I managed 5000 words in a couple of hours thanks to writing sprints.
The last 2500 words were the hardest, and for some reason I could not see how I was going to put more story into my story to fill it up. At the same time, my phone kept going off as messages streamed in from the local NaNos WhatsApp group we created, of all the people who were still doing sprints and encouraging one another onward. Also fellow rivals were competing to see who would hit 50K first and so I decided I might as well go for it and go for it I did.
Looking back, I must say that the Write-Ins and fellow NaNo-ians were my best encouragement in pushing me so far. On my own it’s easy to talk myself out of writing but with so much encouragement from an outside source, how could I fail.
Now I can cruise forward with my novel and get all the story out and use my new copy of Scrinever to sort out my characters, scenes, locations and story properly in preparation for all the editing in December/January. Fun times!
I am almost done with reading Terry Pratchet’s Colour of Magic, the first book in the Discworld series and therefore will have accomplished my reading goal for the month. I know one book (less than 200 pages) in a month is an underachievement but with NaNo and life happening, I knew reading wouldn’t be high on my list. Nonetheless I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it and am definitely looking to get the rest of the series.
I stumbled into a bookstore (dragged by a pining heart) and left with an addition to my list of books to read:
The Well by Catherin Chanter
The Harvest Man by Alex Grecian
The City and 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz
ALL BOOKS by Brandon Sanderson
Endgame and The Calling by James Frey
And so much more.
To all of you still trudging through the NaNo snow, keep on keeping on and know that victory is attainable by sitting down and writing.