So today is the last day for NaNoWriMo and I want to say congratulations to all the Winners out there! What an accomplishment! What a grand thing to be able to collectively say we wrote a lot of books! Think of the creative output, the characters examined, the worlds created. Its awesome!
As everyone knows I wrote a little book about my experiences quitting my job, with some romance thrown in, but a lot of real life. I found it to be an incredibly empowering experience and I can’t believe that all of that came out of me. You can read excerpts from the book at a couple different posts See: https://smilingldsgirl.wordpress.com/?s=nanowrimo
I’ know I have written a somewhat silly book and I may read it 5 NaNo’s from now and think it is total amateur but it is a start and I’m proud of it. I’m proud of finishing something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m looking forward to next year and what I can write about. Plus, I will have the whole year to work on this book making it as good as it can be.
Now a lot of people have asked me in the last few days ‘So what now?’ and then followed by ‘Do you want to get it published?’. The answer is I have NO IDEA! None, nada, nilch. If you had asked me 2 months ago if I could write a novel in 30 days I would have said you were crazy, especially these 30 days building a house and all, but then I did it and love what came out, fluffy as it might be. I have no idea what my potential is for writing. No clue. I just don’t know.
I do know that I am going to work on it and edit it and see where things go. It’s a silly story and I have no expectations of it going anywhere but I’ve gotten some positive feedback from friends and bloggers who have read it (thanks btw!). The important thing is that I enjoy working with this story so who cares who reads it if its making me happy.
So there you go. I promise that I won’t give up on the book. That I will keep working and will eventually bind it at kinkos or some place like that (Shannon Hale told me once at a book signing to bind your first book. Don’t just toss it out!). Those are commitments I can keep and are within my control.
That’s all I know and I will look forward to next NaNoWriMo and the year after that, and year after that.