Finish line in sight

Finish Line

So, last month I participated in NaNoWriMo and the goal was to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

Drum roll please…

I did it! I actually finished one day early and I’m still basking in the glory.

There were times when I really didn’t think I would do it. But, I have to recognize that the organization behind this month really helped. It seemed that right when I started to suffer from writer’s block, I’d get an e-mail explaining how normal that was. And that I could keep skip around to different parts of the story if that would just keep me writing.

It also felt good knowing that there were other people working towards the same goal and at the end of the day did it because they loved writing. Just like me.

The plan now is to not look at the document for an entire month. In January, I will continue writing – mostly to wrap up some loose hanging story-lines. By March, I’d like to start editing and again I will use whatever online resources are available – there are many writing groups out there for those of us who have yet to make it big ;-)

Aside from validating that writing makes me extremely happy, I also learned that even the most famous of writers have self-doubt. As an avid reader, I’ve seen self-published books on Amazon go on to become so popular that they get picked up by large publishing houses and then reprinted. There’s no way to know whether or not people will like what you write until you put it out there. And if they don’t like one thing it doesn’t mean they won’t like anything (think of how your favorite author can disappoint you sometimes).

Although this was an accomplishment, I still have a ways to go in getting this book out there. The good thing is now it actually seems feasible. I’m approaching the proverbial door and it will only take a few more steps to reach it before I can turn the knob. I’m excited just thinking about it. I obviously have a hefty New Year’s resolution in the works and I can’t wait to cross it off the list.

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