November is two-thirds over, and I am only halfway done with my NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words. But despite that, it has been a month of many wonderful and special moments so far. I’d like to share some of my favorites with you, if that’s alright.
1. Monday // 11:24 pm // My Dorm
Sitting in my room, writing a story that I’m falling in love with. I’ve just hit 25,000 words on my NaNoWriMo story (only 5 days behind schedule lol). I’m checking out @NaNoWordSprints on twitter, seeing if they’re running sprints so that I can use some friendly competition to fuel my writing. They ask us how we’re doing, and ask us to share a graph of our wordcount for the month. (Here’s mine, by the way!)
So we all screenshot our graphs, and post them in a reply, and then there’s this glorious thread of graphs and writers and people cheering each other on.
2. Nov 15 // All Day // My College Campus
November 15, 2017 was my best writing day. Ever. I wrote 4,200 words that day. I got up in the morning and wrote. Then one of my classes was cancelled so I wrote. I brought my laptop to lunch and wrote at the dining hall. I brought my laptop to the library and wrote all afternoon.
And as the day went by, I fell head-over-heels in love with writing again. The feeling of a story seeping out of you through your fingertips and onto a page. The thought of giving life to characters and plot ideas that you’ve hoarded in your head. The thrill of a new character popping up unexpectedly and rocking your world in the best way possible.
3. Days I Can’t Write // Days I Can
Let me be honest, folks. I’m a full-time college student. I’m taking 18 credits this semester (for my wonderful non-American readers, the ‘typical’ course load is 15 credits). The end of the semester approaches, which means papers and tests and more papers are swarming me.
The days I spend 4 hours writing 1700 words for a British Literature paper? I’m done writing for the day. I have nothing left to give to my novel for that day. And that’s okay. But, NaNoWriMo has been reminding me of something essentially important: writers write. Especially when I’m working on a big project, like a rough draft or a big edit, I need to put in the hours. Many hours. It’s okay to take days off, but they should be rare and they should be followed by many more days working. And when I do that, writing may still be hard and difficult at times, but there are just as many times when it is pure magic.