NaNoWriMo Is Over – Winner?

 You know what guys? As the first few minutes of December pass by, I’m sure that there are some people who just finished up a vigorous race to finish the last of their words for NaNoWriMo 2012. Others probably gave up ages ago. Still others might have finished with plenty of time to spare.

Me, what about me? Who knows if you all still remember (with my very limited about of posting this past month) that I too, decided to take part in NaNoWriMo this year. And since I did, the question begs to be answered: Did I or didn’t I win? (Winning = writing 50,000 words during the month of November.)

I did win.
And I won with several days to spare.
(The 27th, actually.)

So of course now you’re wondering why in the world it took me this long to let you all know. I asked myself the same question. Because pretty much, I wrote my final words, and I was like “Oh my goodness! Now I get to tell all my blogging friends that I actually just accomplished what I set out to do!”

And then I thought that again the next day. And the next day. And the next day. Yes, I know, I still haven’t answered the question. But I’m getting there. Be patient with me. Seriously, this is kind of like running a marathon or something. (Ok, so I wouldn’t know, ‘cause I’ve never done it, but I can imagine!) *Right there ^ is the answer* I didn’t post on here because I was too tired. As much as I enjoy writing and want to write all the time, it still takes energy. Lots and lots of energy, and that’s one thing I don’t have an over abundance of.

Seriously though, I’m totally thrilled to be posting on here again. I didn’t even realize how much I was missing it, although I did miss it. This blog has become a really great asset to my life. There was a time a few months ago when I was very consumed by getting my pageviews and following count up, but recently, I’ve just been like “Yeah, these people are loyal. They actually enjoy what I have to say. They listen. I’m happy for them.” And I’ve not stressed over trying to make my blog be the coolest thing ever just so more people come and see it, because I’m just so thankful for those of you who do come and look at it – and of course if you’re one of those lovely people who leave comments, that makes it even better! (I know, random place to mention that, but hey!)

So, even though my mind isn’t wanting to work very much right now, I have a really cool new idea for a book. I’m going to try and hold off on it for a little while, because I really need to focus on editing, but you’ll probably be hearing about it before too long. Just listen (watch) for the word limes. Simple enough, no?

But really, editing needs to come first. Pretty much, I need to give myself a little pep talk here, so just hold on a second while I tell myself something I need to hear.

Ok, Aidyl. I know you’ve got all those great ideas bursting to get out of your head, but editing is really important, too. 
I know, I know! But I don’t go around telling people that I’m an editor… I’m a writer!
Well, writing stuff is great. If no one wrote, then there would be no need for editors… But you want to get your stuff to the editor so you can publish it, right? 
Oh, oh oh! Publish? Yeah, I want to publish my books. Can I tell them? Can I? Can I?
Aidyl! Be quiet! That news is for another day, another time! 
Oh, come on, don’t be so stuffy!
Aidyl, be nice to me. And if you edit quickly, then you’ll be able to write again before long. Plus, you still get to work on your 100/100 challenge story. 
Oh, alright then. But that doesn’t mean that I’m happy or that I agree with you.
Fine, Aidyl. Fine. Just edit. Take a deep breath and edit. 

So yeah, I know that was probably really awkward for you to read just now, but at least you get to see what it feels like when I want to write and know I should be editing instead… (Editing = getting manuscript ready for real editor.)

Please now, let me know about your writing experiences. Did you do NaNoWriMo? Did you it? What have you been writing this past month? Thank you, everyone, for encouraging me, even if only by reading my blog during this crazy month!

(Oh, and great job to Kiri Liz and Writeinthelight17, the two NaNoWriMo writing buddies I did the most stuff with. They both did a great job in reaching the 50,000 word mark! And Writeinthelight17, you totally blew me away with your final word count. Peoples, she reached over 75,000!)

6 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Is Over – Winner?

  1. Anonymous says:

    I am so excited for you that you made it!! And you're just taking a well earned break. I slept into 7:30 for the first day in months. Thought I deserved it. 😉
    Editing can turn your stomach, can't it? By the time you finish, you never want to read your own book again. I've started on it. There's so much to do.
    I can't wait to hear how your stories came along! And thank you! LoL I enjoyed talking to you too. It's the first time for me to every write a story so long, and I only took it as far as it would go.
    Have fun editing! I will pray it goes smoothly!



  2. Anonymous says:

    By the way, I like that I don't have to prove I'm a human being on here. 😀 I have a hard time with that. Keesh Wonder why?



  3. Kelley Lynn says:

    Congrats on NaNo!

    My two collabs went super well. One we finished way early, like November 25th or something. The other we finished on the 28th. It was SO much fun.

    Congrats again to you!


  4. Sarah Rudolph says:

    Great job Aidyl!
    Wow! I'm sure it's not fun editing! When I write something I lay it down for a LONG time before editing! Congratulations! And that little conversation was fun to hear too!



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