Okay… I”m a couple of days late making this post. I’ve been recuperating from my month long noveling adventure and getting started on catching back up with other areas of my life. Slowly, I”m getting all that behind me.
First, I want to congratulate all of the 37,450 winners of NaNoWriMo 2010. You’re achievement is remarkable! You set out on the first of November to write at least 50,000 words, and you did it! Some of you even wrote two, three, four, or even five or more times this amount! I am proud to be one of you this year.
Second, for all 116,830 authors who sat down to write and and wrote at least one word, you are braver than many. There are ten, maybe even a hundred, times as many out there who have wanted to write a book, but have never even got as far as you have. This may not have been your year if you didn’t win, but you can come back next year and get that win!
My biggest reason for starting this site was as a way to connect with other writers. One reason for this is that I have found through doing NaNoWriMo that by encouraging other writers, I find myself encouraged. As a writer, I would like to have one of my novels published. To that end, over the next year, I’ll be sharing my progress as I work on editing one of my novels that I have written.
Of the six NaNoWriMos that I have participated in, the first and third have been my best years, I feel. That was the two years that I wrote the book I have tentatively titled The Storm. I have taken a few stabs at editing this novel in the past, but have yet to make it through an entire revision. That will change this year, I hope, through my keeping of this site.
Throughout the year, I will continue sharing things that I am learning on the craft of writing that I feel will help you (and me) to become better writers. Feel free to join in the discussions. I enjoy hearing about how others are doing on their projects and sharing in their success stories.
If you’ve had a NaNoWriMo success story that you’d like to share, let me know, because I would love to feature some here on this blog. Especially if I have encouraged you in some way in that success.
*** Edit *** When I posted this yesterday, I forgot to give you a way to do this. So if you’d like to send me a NaNo story, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put in the subject line NaNoWriMo story. ***
Also, I would like to mention that I am taking what I have learned about success from NaNoWriMo, and other places, and building a website to help others learn those lessons as well. I feel that there are a lot of lessons from NaNoWriMo that can be applied to other areas of our life. The name of the website is SuccessBuildingBlocks.com.
At the beginning of NaNoWriMo, I shared with you a video I created called a Mind Movie. These Mind Movies can be created to help you with other areas of your life as well. If you would like to learn more about making your own Mind Movie to help you achieve your goals (writing or otherwise), you can check out the Mind Movie website.
It has been great sharing NaNoWriMo with you and I look forward to an exciting year editing and getting a novel ready for publishing and getting ready to do this all over again next October and November!