November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). On November 1, I embarked on a journey into my imagination. With a suitcase packed full of creativity, conviction, and plenty of clean socks, I set off down a road never before traveled… into the realm of my own novel. On the journey, I met guilt monkeys, plot bunnies, and countless unspeakable creatures that tested my devotion to my story and called into question not only the wisdom of noveling at such speeds, but my sanity, as well. I pressed on, dirty socks and all—an intrepid traveler charting a path toward “The End.”
Twenty-five days later (five days ahead of my deadline) I emerged into the realm of authorhood with my fifty thousand word manuscript in hand. The NaNoWriMo staff, thrilled to see me cross the finish line, could not say enough times how very proud they are of my epic accomplishment! They congratulated me again and again on my NaNoWriMo 2011 win, directed me to my winner’s certificate, and assured me of eternal bragging rights. Better yet, for the first time, I was called a “Novelist.”
The NaNoWriMo experience
- taught me a lot about the writing process
- introduced me to my Inner Therapist who I call “The Moderator.” He helped me escape the taunts of my inner critic (There is a cast of thousands of critics in my head!).
- assured me that it is okay to write over 40,000 words before the story tells me where it wants to go.
It’s been a great experience. I am grateful to all who encouraged me; but, especcially to Annis, my NaNoWritMo Coach and Bookend buddy, for her unfailing encouragement and support. Thank you everyone! I am already looking forward to NaNoWriMo 2012!