Words Written on Day 29: 4,700
Total Words Written for NaNoWriMo: 32,781
Rounding the final bend as far as time. Finish line not quite in sight although the timer is about to ring. Maybe I’m more of a marathon runner than a sprinter.
But it has been an interesting journey this past month, with a few lessons learned and a few friends gained.
A couple things I’ve learned on the NaNoWriMo journey?
1. You can’t force inspiration.
On days when the creativity refuses to flow, I can polish things already written or fill in the gaps, but on certain days, forcing my brain to come up with something amazing just doesn’t happen.
2. No plan is fool-proof, but it’s still a good idea to make one.
I didn’t make a writing plan this month. With a full college schedule (and nearing the end of the semester), a variety of editing jobs, as well as other priorities, it was difficult to make any sort of comprehensive plan for writing. But you know what they say about general goals without specific plans to back them up. (And if you don’t, just google “awesome quotes about setting goals … you’ll get the idea.)
3. The best stories take a while to tell.
Some people might beg to differ, but for the most part, it’s true. A storyline I have been working on (obviously not actively) for the past 10 years is the most complex story I have. As it has been slowly developing over a long period of time, I keep getting new ideas and nuances and details about the characters. I’m very excited about the prospect of writing it (hopefully early next year).
And of course, the very best story is only in its beginning page. Perhaps only in the title page … it’s hard to say. But as we are all characters in the vast and overarching tale, the decisions we make, the part we choose to play, and the stories we tell in the great telling, all make a difference in that Story.
The Greatest Story Ever Told.