A couple of thoughts on NaNoWriMo

First off, I would like to thank Cryo for talking me into doing NaNoWriMo and for being the only other person I know was was doing it at the same time as me. I wouldn’t have done it without your encouragement.

Thanks too to everyone who encouraged me, pushed, or congratulated me when I finished. 🙂

Second, now that it’s done I’m noticing that I’m doing something to myself that Adam tells me I frequently do: I’m minimizing the achievement in my own mind. I’ve already started thinking of it at something that was easy, but you know what? For me it wasn’t that easy. It was a tough challenge, especially considering I haven’t really written anything story-wise in so long (over ten years I think.) It was really difficult for me to come home and write almost every night, and to spend so much time on my weekends just sitting and writing.

The point is, I’m actually telling myself it’s not a big deal, and not that important an accomplishment, when I know that part-way through the month I was practically basing the future of my entire life on finishing this project (okay, that’s exxagerating a little, but you know what I mean.)

I did it. And that is awesome. And I should stop trying to tell myself it wasn’t a big deal, because it is. I feel fantastic about it. I will not let myself gloss it over and pretend it was nothing. I will let myself actually be proud of myself.

5 Comments

  • cryo

    December 1, 2005 at 8:38 am

    Aww.. the big decompression party is going on now! Get nekkid!

    Adam is right though, it’s ok to gloat that you finished and I didn’t. I think all of us are proud of you finishing. It’s nice to have something -completed-.

    You totally deserve to pat yourself on the back.
    Next year… I’ll be able to do 50k!

  • vt_equine

    December 1, 2005 at 12:11 pm

    Congrats! We knew you could do it!! 🙂

  • mandamus

    December 1, 2005 at 5:46 pm

    Easy?! EASY?! 50,000 freakin words in a month is EASY?!!!!

    This is HUGE!! Sheesh …

    This wouldn’t be easy for anyone – well maybe for a Stephen King, but you aren’t in that league … yet.

    Fact of the matter is – I’m ENVIOUS!! I’d LOVE to be able to say I’d done that, but I know how VERY HARD it would be!!! You should be taking huge pride in an accomplishment of this magnitude!

    FIFTY THOUSAND FREAKIN WORDS IN A MONTH!!!!

    Easy?! …. SHeesh!!

  • mandamus

    December 2, 2005 at 12:30 am

    Ohh – and since you’ve been practising …

    http://gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=7362

  • xoobee

    December 2, 2005 at 1:30 am

    Congratulations!
    I’m very proud of you!