Safe to say, I did not reach 50,000 words this month.
You may be thinking – Sarah, you still have three hours left of November, you can write more in this time! But let’s face it: I will not be writing anything after this blog post has been sent into the internet world.
The first 20 days of November went well with my novel. Even though I wasn’t writing the suggested amount of words every day, I caught up every other day. Despite not having a clear novel idea in mind when I started, I gained direction and answers to several plot points that weren’t quite linking up at the beginning.
In essence, NaNoWriMo motivated me to write again and got me back into the habit of writing, even when it was difficult. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved this month: 35,633 words! The challenge of writing so many words was – dare I say it – fun, and I do find I write more when I have a specific goal mind.
A good experience, and the start of a second novel that I’m quite keen to complete.
The last week I was on The Great Sydney Adventure (in other words, holidays), and I only sat down to write twice. It was a good balance of wanting to write and meet a goal without pressuring myself to write just so I could say “I completed NaNoWriMo!” I’m happy to have made it past 35,000, and the rest of the novel shouldn’t be as hard going because of the momentum I’ve already gained this month.
Well, there you have it. November has flown past, pulling my novel along and welcoming me into the Christmas season.
If I write at all tomorrow, it will have to be a list of reasons why Christmas music is one of the best things in the world.