Writing and National Novel Writing Month 2019 – A Stubborn Fool

I did it!

It was a torturous, mind-numbing November, but as of today, I finally reached 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo 2019.

I’m sorry for not posting as much this month. NaNoWriMo 2019 is hard and it’s even harder when life gets in the way. I fell behind by thousands of words after two weeks into the challenge…

…because I had to go away for a few days. I did bring my laptop and managed to get some writing done, but with each passing day, the gap between how much words I should’ve written between how much I’ve actually written got bigger and bigger.

I started to wonder if I’d make it, thinking to myself that there was no shame in not reaching 50k, that there was always next year. My mind would say…

You’ve written so much already. Be happy with that.

And honestly, I was happy with my efforts. However I refused to quit.

So when I came back from my trip, I did my best to catch up. I blocked off times in my day where I could just sit and write. An hour, maybe even two if I’m lucky. That should’ve been enough.

Unfortunately there were days when I struggled to get into a good flow, falling behind over and over again. If it wasn’t for my supply of ice cream and coffee, I’d probably be in a corner, rocking back and forward, questioning why am I doing this to myself.

In the end though I hit my mark. Sure, the story is messy. Sure, it requires a ton of editing, but I’ve accomplished what I’ve set out to do. I’ve successfully completed another year of NaNoWriMo and successfully finished a new draft of my manuscript.

Right now, I’m just a stubborn fool who’s feeling proud.

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Thank you to those who read this post and who supported me through this challenge. I hope you’ve also accomplished your goal for NaNoWriMo 2019. I would like to mention again that what I write about is simply a reflection of my own personal experiences.

By sharing my thoughts about the things that have motivated and inspired me as well as the people in my life, I’m hoping I could motivate and inspire others. I’m aware that everyone’s situation is different and if what you are doing works for you, I’m really glad. Please continue doing what you’re doing.

Photo Credit: TeroVesalainen from Pixabay

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