Today is July 31, 2019, and I finished up my goal of writing 50,000 words for Camp NaNoWriMo with a word count total of 50,462 words.
I am not exaggerating when I say I gasped when I saw that I hit my goal. There have been so many times this month where I thought it wasn’t going to happen. I was convinced I wouldn’t hit the mark.
I’m so happy to have proved myself wrong. Writing so consistently for the past month has revitalized my love and passion for writing.
College makes it so difficult to write daily. I mean, I had to put so many projects on pause because of all my classes and assignments. I hated it every semester, but I couldn’t do anything about it, because my academics were my top priority.
When I graduated, I had this feeling in my stomach that I’d never find that passion I had when I was younger to write.
As a kid, I wrote every day without fail. While everyone was playing after school, I was writing. It was my after-school activity to write at least one chapter in my story.
The best part was that it was all just for fun. No one was going to read that book. It was just for me, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
I genuniely feared I’d never feel that again. Then, this challenge brought it out of me.
At first, it was really all about the words. I had to meet my daily word count. That was all.
However, as I wrote more and more and delved into my world more and more, I got excited. I would lose myself in the story in every writing session. I stopped worrying about the word count and worried more about how to execute a scene right.
I got to develop my characters in my own pantser way, because my outline allowed that room to develop the story as I wrote.
Truly, I loved every minute of it. It’s now gotten to the point where I can’t see my days without writing sessions. Though I may not be able to do it every day, because life happens, I no longer fear having long hiatuses from writing like when I was in college.
Writing is too important to me to not have it be an integral part of my life. I am so grateful for this challenge, because it reminded me of that. It reminded me that it is okay to prioritize a passion, especially if that passion can become a career.
As for my WIP, it is still not done. Though I finished the challenge, I’m still only about 75 percent of the way through the story. As a fantasy novel, it will most likely hit the 90,000 word count mark.
My goal is to finish the draft in August. I hope to have some people read it while I work on its sequel.
I love this story. This story is one that comes straight from my soul, and I’m just waiting for the day it gets published.
In August, I hope to share more about the story, but it’s still a first draft. We’ve got a long way to go before this fantasy novel sees the public eye.
Congratulations to all of my fellow Camp NaNoWriMo winners! Happy writing, everyone! ❤