Well, it was me and a couple of million more, but I still won. I was one of the ones that kept on going to the end.
I’ve thought about writing a book at times in my life, but I never seemed to get it together. I couldn’t structure what I wanted it to be about or come up with a story that I thought was interesting. So I jsut did other things instead. This September something crossed my view. It was a competition that was going to start in November. The mission was to write a novel in 30 days. I looked it up and put a reminder in my phone. I was determined to accept the challenge. In the back of my head was a TED talk I had seen about breaking habits and you can do that by doing anything for 30 days. (You’ll find the link at the end of this post).
The thing is, in NaNoWriMo you don’t compete against anyone else, but your own determination and creativity. In the end of November you should have written 50 000 words. That means an average of 1667 words per day. Some days you don’t have the possibility to write and others you have. So you better figure out what to write on the good days. When I first started I wrote about 800 words per day and now when I’ve finished my average was 1733 word a day. Some days I didn’t write and others I wrote 3000 or more.
I liked that the goal was your own determination. There’s so many times that the goal is to do good and everything has to be perfect. I think some parts of my book is good, other parts, well, I’d say are really boring. I’m not sure. November was about writing, not reviewing. I had to write another list just so I’d remember the names of the persons and towns and what relation they had with each other. Mostly I did remember, but there was a name or two I had to go back to look up.
I love stories and maybe I will continue with this one. It has potential. Of course it’s not good at the moment, I wrote it in 29 days!! Yes, I was done one day before.
I love storytelling and it is really fun to figure out where the story was going to turn. Sometimes it was about to kill my darlings, because my first idea wasn’t good. For me, when I was writing this novel it was in one way like I was reading it at the same time. I didn’t know the next step and I made it up along the way. Some were good ideas, some were just to write the amount of words, but I always kept writing. I reached the goal and I am now a winner of NaNoWriMo 2016. The magic of always keep on going and never give up.
You can’t read the novel anywhere. As I said, I wrote it in 29 days and a book needs more work than that. Anyway, I did it. I’m proud of myself for accepting the challenge and not giving up, although no one knew about my little project. I was just counting on myself and I did good. I kept focus during the process of bookwriting in November. NaNoWriMo is a site though that gives you encouragement, but you still have to count on yourself. Maybe you will write a novel next year?
Here’s the link to the TED talk http://www.ted.com/talks/matt_cutts_try_something_new_for_30_days
What is your new habit for the next 30 days?