Well, I accomplished my goal yesterday. I finished something I had never undertaken before, a novel. At 50,000 words it’s probably more like a novella, but it’s the basis of something good. I do know that.
Also not just hit the goal, but passed with at least a 200 word cushion. It’ll need work, but I’m happy with the way the draft turned out. I’ll let it sit a bit & then work on rewriting/revising probably in January.
All of this free-writing I accomplished in 28 days, no plotting or planning ahead of time. I found out a day or two before the challenge & did everything completely on my feet, which is a huge change for me. (Although I will say, having done improv for a few years does help make things like this seem way less daunting.)
I’m glad I undertook this challenge. Doing things out of my comfort zone from time to time is important. I also had quite a bit of support along the way with this both online & off, that that was a tremendous help & motivation.
Even in spite of what I was going through, I still make attempts within my ability to live outside of what’s going on with me illness wise. I really feel, at least to me, that I still need to do that in whatever ways I can.
My transplant journey is at times overwhelming. It’s nice to be able to create something & still have an outlet & escape. It was fun, only had two days that maybe I thought, I’m not so sure about this…yet I found ways around that & kept going.
I was even thinking of what my next project was going to be. Maybe a collection of short stories, maybe something else, who knows. But a productive wait time will be a less stressful one & a hopefully productive one.
For all my friends who encouraged me along the way & believed in me, thanks. To all my new NanoWrimoFriends & my ML (municipal liaison – a local group leader) who helped me feel welcome & brought me out of my shell, thank you. To all my blogger buddies & friends who buddied with me, your encouragement, check-ins, personal blog posts of ups & downs, as well as your friendly pushes helped. To those friends I passed my first 25K draft to who had constructive suggestions, thanks. I needed to know from a few others that this was not a big snoozefest. I was at least proven right on that score.
For others who have sent messages of encouragement & offers of assistance, awesome! Though it’s not my strong suit, I may just cash in some of those favors later because I know they come from a genuine place.
What a great feeling! In 28 days, in a holiday month. Not a bad showing for a rookie.