OH MY GOSH! You guys!!!! I can’t believe it, but here’s the proof that I won Camp NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this July:
Breakdown of How I Won NaNoWriMo
Week One: Writing Like a Boss
The first week, I stayed on my word count no problem. Every day, I dutifully wrote.
Weeks Two and Three: Disaster!
And then some crazy stuff in my personal life blew up, and I had to stop writing for close to 10 days!
Weeks Three and Four: Underdog for the Win
As you can see from my stats, I tried and tried to get back on track, but I was dealing with a 15 K gap.
The Final Day: Hitting 50K at the Stroke of Midnight!
On July 31, I had a REALLY hard day. I cried a lot (because of that stupid personal issue I mentioned before that blew up my second and third week). By six o’clock that night, I was in a BAD mood, with my frenemy Depression knocking on my door. I did NOT want to let her in; I wanted to tell Depression that I was busy, but she knew I was really laying on the couch surfing Facebook. I knew I had to do something.
Then, an idea struck me: You know what always cheers me up? Writing!
So what if I only had six hours between now and midnight to type 15K words? By God, I was going to do it because it was going to make me happy.
At about ten o’clock, my husband kicked me out of the bedroom, so I took my laptop into the living room and started typing like a crazy person. By 11:30 at night, I was down by only 1,000 words. I ignored every typo and let my fingers tap spastically against the keyboard. And then, just as midnight struck, a miracle happened!
I had typed 15K words in 6 hours. I had won Camp NaNoWriMo!
Rough Draft of My YA Romantic Comedy: DONE
It has taken me since January, but this NaNoWriMo, I finally finished typing up the rough draft of the third novel in my YA series. The third book ended up being 122,000 words!
I finished the novel at the 35K word count; still 15K to go until the Camp NaNoWriMo goal of 50K. I was on a roll, and I didn’t want to stop!
Halfway Finished Typing Rough Draft of YA Fantasy Novel
I have another project I’ve been working on, yet another novel that I’d hand-written about two years ago. The Demon Maker (working title) is a high fantasy YA book about two sisters who get lost in an enchanted forest who have to overcome a seriously scary demon.
I had gotten the idea for the book during a meditation retreat. Luckily for me, when I told my meditation teacher I was thinking about a novel instead of a zen koan, he shrugged and told me to roll with it. And so, the novel was born! (Thank you, Buddha:)
With my other series, this novel had taken the backseat for a while. I decided that NOW was the time to type it up!
It was The Demon Maker that got me to the NaNoWriMo finish line.
What’s Next: Finishing The Demon Maker Rough Draft!
As I worked on The Demon Maker, I realized that this rough draft was pretty solid. When I originally wrote the book a few years ago, I was struck by panic that it was awful and terrible. With a few years worth of distance, I realized that it actually kind of rocks. In fact, it may be the best rough draft I’ve ever written!
So, I’ve decided that the first book I’m going to finish, edit, and publish is The Demon Maker. Cue the confetti! I’m so excited and happy, and to think, I would have never gotten to this point if I hadn’t kicked my butt into making my 50K NaNoWriMo goal!
So thank you, kind friends, and thank you NaNoWriMo!
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