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If so, you're almost there! Keep going! Rah, rah, rah! I'm so personally and professionally proud of you!
I did Nano in November last year and LOVED it. Don't hate me for this if you've struggled (just keep reading), but I filled out my numbers every day and watched my little graph take off. It was so much fun, and by the end I had a very, very, very bad novel to show for it.
After almost a year of editing, I'm finally querying it. Success story, right?
I was ready to query back in October, and also ready to dive into a new project, so I decided to do Nano in October instead, with the wonderful Emily King as my fellow write-a-novel-in-a-month partner and cheerleader.
You guys, it was brutal. (Not because of Emily. Because of ME.)
And Emily kicked my bee-hind.
She was like at 800,000 words and I was still limping along at 200.
Okay, that's a tiny exaggeration.
It was SO HARD, though!
And for the first time in my life, I HATED WRITING.
I didn't want to sit down at my computer. I found other things to do. Usually I procrastinate doing lots of things in the name of writing, but now the tables were turned and I was spending time ... cleaning my bathtub!
I know, I know. Horrifying.
But, you know, I think Emily can attest to this, I kept plowing through. It was painful and hard, but I actually made it to something like 45,000 words and then I was so cross-eyed with the draft I decided to go back and start revising. I didn't want to finish the book right then because I knew certain parts of it were very wrong and I needed to get those right before I figured out the ending. (Pantser alert!)
Then November arrived and I began revising.
And, people, I was like a bird released from its cage. I started reading through my stuff and ... surprisingly ... I liked it, especially the beginning! And I fell in love with these characters again, and I made them even quirkier, and now I'm at 55,000 words and actually moving toward the climax and the ending.
I feel good. Finally!
All this to say, if you're Nano-ing it, and even if you're not Nano-ing it, but are in a tough spot with drafting or revising or whatever it is that feels like pulling teeth....
It gets better. And someday you will have fun with it again.
Right? Of course, right! Please share in the comments about when you've had to push through a tough time. I know it's not always easy. And we've all been there. Let's share our joys and sorrows.
(And THANK YOU, Emily, for keeping me going!)