Crossing that Line

Today I’m coming off a 50,000 word binge and it feels great.

What in the world am I talking about you may be asking? 

This November for the first time ever, I participated in Nanowrimo, short for National Novel Writing Month, and succeeded!  

The challenge is to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in 30 days.  

It was daunting, none the less, but I feel so proud.  Last night I validated my 50,015 word novel.  

Is my book crap?  Absolutely it is.  But it no longer is just an idea that’s been floating in my head since 2006.  Now it is actually written down on paper.  

I couldn’t sleep last night for the euphoria.  The sense of pride and accomplishment after doing something hard.

Today I made myself not look at those words I wrote, but in a month or so, I’m going to revisit it, change it, mold it, and make it better.  

But for today I took a nap with my daughter, instead of sneaking out of bed after getting her to sleep to write my daily quota of 1667 words.  That was heavenly.  

Beginning tomorrow, I’m going to spend some family time giving thanks and sharing EK with my peeps.  But after that, I’m going to return to writing.  I’ve got another idea to work on.  

I have dreams and I know you do too.  What are they?  Think about your dreams for a minute.  When was the last time you spent some time on that?  It’s scary at first to admit you have them, to tell someone else about them.  But it’s crucial if you want to achieve them.  So, decide on a goal and work at it.  Will it be hard, heck yes.  Will you want to quit?   Everyday.  But dreams come true when you make a commitment and do the work every day.  Commitment and consistency.  Two very hard things that will get you to the finish line.

Keep dreaming friends and have a happy Turkey Day!



  1. Valerie says:

    Well done!! “Is my book crap? Absolutely it is.” – LOL! You’re so funny and honest, I love it! 😉
    My daughter (13) is a writer as well and she did the youth version of NaNoWriMo, finishing up her novel with just over 28,000 words. She looks forward to November every year! 😀


    1. Angel says:

      That is awesome!!! Tell her to keep at it.


  2. knotrune says:

    Congrats on the nano win! I’ve won too, though my book is not finished and I’m determined to reach ‘the end’ this year for the first time. Before I’ve just stopped at 50k with good intentions of finishing it the next year, but that never happens for me. But this year I have gone about it differently, with the goal of finishing a crappy first draft rather than just reaching 50k. I am still writing a lot, but the end keeps receding! And I’m not quite sure how to navigate through the next scene. But I still have a few days left of November 🙂 and I will just keep going beyond that if I have to. Then its the dreaded edits…

    My big scary dream to totally finish a book, self publish and then write another one! And then some more 🙂


  3. Angel says:

    You can do it! Great job. Keep dreaming!


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