Today is the last day of NaNoWriMo and I congratulate all of you who chose to try such an impressive task as writing 50 000 words in thirty days. And if you completed 50 000 words? All I can say is… WOW! That is incredibly inspiring and I’m just a tad jealous.
See, I’ve been trying to revise my novel. And it hasn’t been going so well. So in the NaNo spirit I decided to set some major goals for myself this month. Unfortunately, I didn’t meet my goals. (Hell, I didn’t even come close). I started off strong and then…. fizzled. Partly because I didn’t have a concrete plan for my revisions and partly because I let my enthusiasm for my project waver. (This means I let all the little things in ‘Life’ overwhelm me and lost focus.)
I was a little down on myself until some good friends made me realize that even one more page done is better than none. I may not have managed to meet my goal, but at least I tried. And that is the key to this writing life. To keep trying. Keep making those goals (maybe not 50 000 words every month, but you know what I mean). And keep trying to meet them. Each page done is one page closer to a finished manuscript.
We need to make sure we reflect back on what we have accomplished while trying to meet our goals, to learn to be happy about what we do accomplish and to keep striving forward.
So I was a little down about not meeting my goal, but I’m far from out. In fact I’m ramping up again and still gunning for that finish line. Better late than never! (Can I use any more clichés?)
I found an inspiring blog post by Rachel Aaron over at Pretentious Title for anyone who is having trouble with their writing or their writing process, called ‘How I Went From Writing 2,000 Words a Day to 10,000 Words a Day’. It’s almost a scientific way to analyze your writing process and to boost your word count. It’s inspiring, easy and totally makes sense. I’m excited to try it. I highly recommend reading this post.
So how did everyone else do with their November Goals?