Hello Everybody! Vivienne Lynge here!
Today is the last day of Nanowrimo 2013 and I wanted to give you all a little update on my progress. I have been saying for about two months that I will be finishing the first draft of Sometimes before the end of the year or I won’t be moving into 2014. November and Nano were to be my big push to get me there.
Well……It’s the end of the month and while I haven’t finished the first draft, I am 14,000 words closer. Given all of the other things I had going on this month, two kids, two jobs, a busy husband, PTO volunteer responsibilities, and a chaotic household that I’m trying to get under control, I’m calling 14,000 words a success.
This is what I love about Nanowrimo: 50,000 words this month was just not possible for me. Even 35,000 wasn’t gonna happen. But I did write 14,000 new words on a story on which I had lost focus. Frankly, I’ve written about 20,000 words all year and 14k were in the last couple of weeks. I’ve needed to refocus. Re-energize. And Nano helped me do that.
I am still committed to finishing the first draft of Sometimes ASAP. In fact, I’m going to spend some time on Monday, pulling all the pieces of the book together. It’s a bit scattered at the moment. I bet that once I do that, I’ll have a partial manuscript somewhere in the 65,000 word range. I’ll be only about 25,000 words short. And I know I can write that in fairly short order. Plus I have at least 2 really exciting scenes to write that will probably be half that word count. So December 31st is still a possibility. Even if I only get another 14,000 words written by then, that makes a January 30th first draft finish a done deal!
Here’s my very favorite secret: You define success for your endeavors. It is perfectly all right to modify your definition and keep plugging away.