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Here I Am Again


At one-minute pass midnight on November 1, 2012, NaNoWriMo began. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and there are authors all over the world who participate.

This was my third time participating.  The first two years I did not finish.  I would start only to tire out or become disgusted with what I was writing.  Besides due to being frustrated with the whole challenge, I was unwilling to put in the time and energy one needs to take to complete such a project. I thought I could do a thousand other projects and still meet my goal.  That is not possible, at least for me it is not.

So, this year, I planned it differently.  Why? I got tired of having a guilty feeling resulting from my not giving NaNo my best shot. Sure, I know NaNo is a fun type of thing, but even in fun, you don’t want the joke to be on you, and that is how I felt the first two years after not reaching my goal of 50000 words.

Determined, this time I was going to go all the way, I prepared myself mentally. I informed every person I had built a relationship with, husband, friends, writing groups, and even animals, just kidding about the animals, I was doing NaNo, and would perhaps disappear for some days, but if something significant happen to them that was earth shaking, they could reach me on my computer through email. Having my notifications on, I could see when emails came into my mailboxes without opening up the email.

I had already developed my main characters in my novel and became friends with them. We got to know one another, and I fell in love with them, and I had a topic I wanted my characters to handle.  It worked. They are handling the topic wisely. My novel is not yet complete, but I had the word count validated yesterday at 57026 words.

Am I happy? You bet.

NaNo is coming to a close for this year, and I have begun to get back into the flow of writing my own blogs, catching up on blogs I follow,  preparing for a singing engagement, and participating in my writing groups.

I truly enjoyed NaNo.  Completing it successfully made me aware of a few things about myself, I did not know.

NaNoWriMo comes again next year. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll participate once more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ciao,

Pat Garcia

11 Comments

  1. God bless you Patricia and I look forward to your publishing!

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    • Hi,
      Thank you so much. I also look forward to my first book being published. I don’t know when but God has his special timing, but I can’t help but be excited about leaving the starting line and actually becoming a published writer.
      Ciao,
      Patricia

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  2. That sounds really interesting! Wish you all the best!

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    • Hi,
      Thank you so much and I wish you the very best also.
      Ciao,
      Patricia

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  3. Good for you! You’re an inspiration.

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    • Hi,
      Thank you. NaNo is really a test of your creativity and your focus. I am so happy that I made it through this year.
      Ciao,
      Patricia

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  4. Celebrating your great job at completing a NaNoWriMo!!! That is amazing to me. I really learned from how you went about it this year and just loved that you learned things too!
    God bless you and write on!

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    • Hi Debbie,
      I learned so much by doing NaNo this year and one of the things that I learned that hit me the most is that anything I do that I want to finish needs to be focused on. This is flowing over into my life, and I know I needed to see that.
      Thank you for your comments and God bless.
      Shalom,
      Patricia

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  5. Raani York

    You are so gifted, Patti! Congratulations!!!

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  6. Hi,
    I hope you made it.
    Ciao,
    Patricia

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