Hello, friends. I'm back. I've had a crazy, busy, fulfilling November and I am just now recovering from the whirlwind month. I participated in National Novel Writing Month again this year with the intent of putting some serious work into my novel. And guess what? I did. I am happy to say I completed just over 50,000 words to "win" NaNoWriMo. I am a few chapters and hours and hours of editing away from completing this book, and it feels so good.
I feel as though I am finally getting back to what I love. It sounds corny, but getting those words out of my head and written down/typed up in a notebook, a computer, a napkin, a receipt, my phone, a newspaper, my hand, and once a window, calmed me. I have a lot of work ahead of me to get this novel to where it needs to be, but just getting so much of it down (even if half ends up deleted) feels great.
So cheers to me and to all the other participants—whether you wrote 50,000 words or 50, you wrote. That's the important part. Keep writing, or start writing. I don't think it matters what you write or how you write. Just get it out. It will make you lighter. It can be emotionally draining, physically exhausting and turn you into an evil b**ch for a while, but in the end it's a good thing. I might have a really sh***y first draft, but it's a draft.