Monday, November 30, 2009

NaNoWriMo 2009: Complete!

I did it! I have to be totally honest, folks, I had no illusions at all. November has been a pretty busy month and I knew it would be going in. And this story has been more challenging to write, too, which wasn't the intention, but I'm glad I went with it. I'm glad I stuck with it, and I have fishy to thank for that -- when I said, quite seriously that I was thinking about quitting, he came up big with the "quitting is not an option!" bit. And I also have to thank my brother for giving me encouragement and helping me see that the story, as is, is not as terrible as I thought it was. In fact, it might even be salvageable. I didn't even have to pay him to say it.

Much thanks must also go to those who stuck it out with me via email and Twitter, especially @kashicat and @Melwyk who cheered me on and encouraged me, and Mandy who was really patient with my slacking on our secret project, all of which made me feel like I was absolutely not alone throughout the month. It meant a lot :)

And now: a glass of delicious wine, and ... yes, more writing. 50 000 is finished, but the story itself is definitely not. I've got some momentum, so why quit now?

2 comments:

Mandy said...

Congratulations!! And you amaze me! I am very excited for you. So what's up next? Editing and auctioning your novel off for a ton of $$ only to spend it on books? For "research"?
I actually am very "proud" of you or proud to know someone who could push themselves to finish a project of this length. This was hard hard work! Enjoy that wine!

kiirstin said...

Thanks so much Mandy! Next I think I will finish it... and then maybe let it sleep for a while before going back and tearing it to itty bitty shreds. I'm not much of an editor, but when this one is done I have three "finished" first drafts under my belt, each (I hope) progressively better. So it's time to actually seriously try to edit one of them. I just have to figure out how to do it in a way that works for me. :)

And I think the first thing I will purchase with my million-dollar advance are new bookshelves to hold the books I have, and then one or two more so I can start to fill them!