Well, NaNoWriMo is over for the year…

NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month, aka. November – is over for the year.  And do you think I got even close to finishing my first draft of a novel?  No.  Not even close to 50,000 words, and I didn’t get what I did have written all dictated into Scrivener using Dragon.  I only got Acts I and II dictated into the program.  So is this a failure?  No.  It’s not.  The reason that this is not a failure is because it was serving the very important purpose of keeping my mind off of negative, old patterns of thinking that would have led to really bad decisions.  There’s a lot going wrong in my life right now, and I can’t climb to relieve the stress.  So my doctor came up with the idea for me to try this novel challenge because it just happened to come along at the right time.

So, NaNoWriMo is over.  Does that mean I’m done with my novel-writing project?  NO!  I put a lot of time into it and, even though I think it really sucks as a story, I’m going to finish dictating it into Scrivener with Dragon, revise it, and make a 50,000-word novel out of it.  It’ll be the worst novel in the world, but it will be a novel, and it will be my first.  That’s worth something, I think.  I committed to the project, and I’m going to finish it.  After all, I have plenty of time – I don’t get my first (and hopefully last) cast off for three weeks still!  Write on!

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