December 1st means no more NaNoWriMo, right?
Even though I once again failed to hit 50,000 words (terrible time management, cramped hands, not enough coffee), I refuse to see this as a failure. Do you wanna know why?
Because I’m still writing.
Because there are people who believed in me enough to monetarily support my writing by donating to my fundraising page.
Because this is the first piece of work in which I haven’t grown tired of halfway through, and in which I’m really excited to finish.
Because, well… I’m still writing.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned doing NaNoWriMo these past few years it’s that when the month over, you can choose to feel two things: 1) be disappointed in yourself for not hitting the numerical mark, or 2) have pride for even continuing with what you’ve built. Usually I’m struck with #1 — it doesn’t matter if I wrote 5,000 or 35,000, if I couldn’t validate 50,000 words by the end of the month, then I failed. There’s the also, “this piece is so stupid, why should I even finish it?”
A lot of those pieces, like last year’s Dreamscape, are still sitting in folders that I’m not ready to look at.
The difference about this year could be a multitude of things, like some of the few that I listed above. But I think the biggest difference is that this project hasn’t dimmed in me. I still know where I’m going, what my characters are saying and experiencing, and I don’t plan on stopping or starting anything else until this first draft is finished. It’s currently at 26,000 words, and even though writing this post hurts my fingers, I know that tomorrow night when they’re feeling better (hopefully) I’ll break 30,000 words. Maybe by Christmas I’ll hit 50,000? Hopefully by the New Year my first draft will be complete and sent out to my beta readers whom are desperately awaiting it’s arrival.
So if you didn’t hit 50,000 words, either, then I ask you to follow me and keep going. Your story deserves to be told.
Um, well… I got married. And it was much more time consuming that I thought. Then we had a lovely honeymoon. Then two weeks of trying to clean and get back to our rhythym. Then a trip to Las Vegas for the Life is Beautiful festival. As well as the Royals‘ going to the World Series mingled into all of that.
Writing just hasn’t been happening for me.
However, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been constantly thinking about it. Seeing as how it’s November again, I’ve been trying to outline this year’s NaNoWriMo project. I’m kind of a few days behind, but the outline itself is close to done, so we’ll see if that helps any. If you’d like to keep up with my NaNoWriMo’14 project, check it out here. There will also be an 8tracks mix for it posted up soon, and I might even be able to post segments and updates on here — but I make no promises. This year it’s all about getting that story finished.
Of course, taking on new projects means putting others on the backburner. Since my wedding, and due to some deep inflection on certain relationships, I’m currently putting my “Where I Come From” segment on hold. “Married Before 25″ is still on, even though, yes, I am now married. There are still things to be done, and I don’t turn 25 until May. So we’ll see how it goes trying to get them done. One thing I’ve learned since I got married was that: everything does not just fall into place. In fact, there are a lot more things on my To-Do List now, than ever. But they’re things I’m happy to be able to do, and I’m excited to share all of my new experiences with ya’ll.
Here are just a few things to be expecting from me in the final months of 2014:
- NaNoWriMo’14 Updates
- I Got Married & Fell In Love With California: wedding/honeymoon post
- Special Secret Other Project Life: what else I’ve been working on, separate from RGDMFF
- RGDMFF takes on Pinterest!: a guide to projects I’ve (attempted to) accomplished
- New Look!
- I already uploaded a new banner (it was taken on my honeymoon at Muir Woods!), but I plan on starting 2015 off with a brand new look for the whole site. You could say I was inspired by my friend, Danielle, whose site it freaking FLAWLESS. Check her out ASAP.
I hope to see you along for the ride as 2015 comes barreling towards us all!