I didn’t post last week because I was in the throes of seeing how many more words I could get on my NaNo novel. Since November is now over though, I thought I would come back and update you on what I was able to finish.
As I said at the beginning of the month, the goal for National Novel Writing Month is to write 50,000 words of a novel before the end of the month. I didn’t quite get there although I completed more of the first draft than I expected. So, that makes my November word count for my novel The Long Way Home 33,481. I’ve written more of it in the first few days of December, but the object of NaNo is to count what was written in November. I’m pleased with my progress though I didn’t “win”.
I also wrote 3,311 words for my blog Thriving in Grace. It might be asked why I didn’t completely focus on writing my novel. That would be a fair question. I have two reasons. One, my writing for that blog and for this blog functioned as my warm-up writing for my novel. It got my brain in writing mode and was helpful in getting me started each day. The other reason was because I needed to write the words I wrote for Thriving in Grace. When I write for that blog, I process my questions about my faith and about the things that happen in my life. I also consider these words a part of my November writing experience.
Finally, there are the words I wrote for this blog, Write What You Know. That word total for November, drum roll please, was 2,625 words. I felt like I needed to document my thinking process about the various literary elements as I was considering them for my own novel. I hope my musings were helpful to you especially if you were considering how everything was fitting together for your own novel.
So, what comes next? I will continue to work on my novel. I want to finish my first draft so I can begin revisions and editing. This book is being written from my heart, and I want to make sure it is the best it can possibly be. I want to write more stories too. Creating the stories that are in my head is an act that can’t be matched by any other. It changes the status quo just by the act of its creation. As Kurt Vonnegut says, “Practicing an art, not matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow…” And finally, I will continue to write in both of my blogs so I can continue to develop as a writer.
Have a great day, everyone!