December 3, 2010

A pat on the back

          So, the month of November has passed. It's time to give another update on my success during WNFIN. I am very pleased to report I have written Part One of my book! It is complete at 29,291 words and 101 pages.
          Keep in mind that it has been edited, polished and is ready to share. This is not a first (or even second or third) draft. That is the whole point of WNFIN. And while it is only the first part of my book, I'll go ahead and ask for a mini, "Woohoo!"
          I am not going to tell you I won't fiddle with it some more. I have a bit of a problem with over-editing. I never truly feel I am finished with a piece. And, since I don't have anywhere to submit this at the moment, there's a good chance I will keep working with it.
          When I consider there were two weeks out of the month of November my daughter did not go to school (she was sick for one and Thanksgiving was the other), and I didn't have nearly as much dedicated writing time as I had counted on, I am darn proud of my accomplishment.
          The most surprising and inspiring part of this whole process came when I did a read through of my work. My intention was to see how the whole piece flowed, to catch typos and errors and conduct a general edit. I absolutely loved reading it! It is my own life story, but I turned the pages in anticipation as if it were someone else's. Or a novel.
          It was cool! And I could envision other people responding to it the same way, and that made me so excited. Now I am eager to get back to work on Part Two. It will be significantly harder to write. I have to detail my research findings and profile other moms. I plan to attack it once we have gotten through the holidays.
          So how about you? If you were participating in NaNoWriMo or WNFIN last month, how did it go? Did you enjoy it? Tell me about your experiences...


  1. Woo-hoo! Congrats on your editing success. :)

  2. Congratulations! What an accomplishment!

  3. congratulations, mama! i'll even give you a BIG WOOHOO! and about over-editing? um, yeah- i so have that problem, too! :)

  4. Congratulations on your accomplishment! The only thing I accomplished was submitting a short story I wrote a couple of months ago to a magazine for publication. You never know if you don't try, right?

  5. Thank you, ladies! And Stacey, you are 100% correct. Good for you, and good luck! :)

  6. Adding my WOOHOO ... you deserve it. And the best part is, YOU like it!

  7. Congratulations, what a great accomplishment!


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