Back in October I wrote about NaNoWriMo. I wrote about what it is and what appealed to me about it. I also wrote that I intended to participate this year. My first year to try. But I never thought I would actually win.
I’ve had a Steampunk novel rolling around in my head since before Shade was born. So it’s been probably six or seven years. I’ve spoken with Jeremy about it and some other family members, but always rolled my eyes whenever someone asked “how’s that novel going?” Because it wasn’t. I had scenes in my head, but I never actually TRIED to write it. And that’s where NaNoWriMo helped me. I dedicated myself to finally writing out those scenes and exploring a certain concept and I loved every minute of it. Well, almost every minute of it. There were definitely some times where I was telling myself “this is crap, but I’m going to keep writing it anyway because I might be able to use it somehow” as I was in the middle of writing. Which I don’t recommend ever telling yourself that your novel is crap while in the middle of writing. You will want to quit right then and there.
I also continued to blog three times a week in November. And I was working on Christmas presents for the grandparents and great grandparents. And you know, keeping the kids alive, my marriage alive, and all that jazz. Housework definitely fell by the wayside though. Let’s just say that laundry was at the bottom of my to-do list that month. So now I get to play catch up on laundry month! Haha.
But I finished my novel. And I’m still in shock.
Is it rough? NOPE I’M SENDING IT TO AGENCIES RIGHT NOW. Just kidding! It’s so rough. The plot needs work, the characters need work. Heck, some characters just fell off the pages and I waved goodbye and kept on writing. But I have the BONES of a story and that’s good enough for me. Now I get to work on plot and break my story down scene by scene. But not this month. I’m really burned out and I just want to enjoy Christmas without that extra stress. So I’ll wait until after Christmas. I just HOPE that I don’t wait a full year to start the editing process. This novel is too important to me to wait that long.
But NaNoWriMo helped me to finally get these ideas out of my head and onto paper. And I couldn’t be more grateful that this program exists.
Did any of you guys participate? Was it challenging or easy peasy for you? Did it feel good to get your ideas onto paper? And if you finished, are you going to start the editing process right now or wait?