*jumps up and down, first attempting Scottish dancing, then doing a Mr. Collins jig, then ending with the sprinkler*
Acknowledgements!! Let me just shout out a HUGE thank you to Anne-girl. Without her cheering me on for the whole month with her awesome blog posts and frequent words of encouragement, I don’t think I would have been able to do it! And a big thank you to one of my good friends, ‘Elinor.’ She called me on the phone a few days ago when I had ten thousand words left and was such an encouragement! Thank you both!!!
Also, to my fellow Crusaders… YOU CAN DO IT!! Look, I just did it. Isn’t that proof enough that if little old me did it, you can, too?!
Last night, I had about four thousand words left. I had to work in the morning, but I plopped down at my desk the first chance I got and wrote like an insane person until we had to leave for my aunt and uncle’s house. Fortunately, they live about an hour away. Heehee… I wrote until we got there… then a few minutes more… and charged my laptop up at their house. (I told my mom that I would seriously wound myself if I left it there. Like, tears and everything….)
So then, today, I got up and started writing as soon as I could. I took a break after I’d gotten seventeen hundred words done and found myself out on the back porch. I laughed and said to myself, “I’m grilling hamburgers I’ve made… from scratch… outside on the grill… all by me onesies… while I’m taking a break from writing a fifty-thousand word novel.” I flipped over a burger and grinned. “All in a day’s work.” (Sorry about the major story going on there…. Hey. I’ve been writing all month. Your point is?)
When I started out this month, I missed the first four days because I was studying for my SAT and then was gone all day Sunday. I started Monday, the fourth, and sat down at the computer, a little depressed that I’d missed so much writing time. I didn’t think I’d be able to do it. I mean, a fifty thousand word novel in less than a month?! Come on!! Yes, I’m homeschooled, but I didn’t think I was that capable of doing it!
NaNoWriMo has been described as a dragon by a few people I know. I didn’t doubt them for a minute. “Me? Slay a DRAGON?!” But, as I went though the month, I discovered that it was more of a journey with some of my best friends, working alongside them to slay this dragon. I’ve met a lot of new people on the way – both in the real world on blogs and in the ‘real world’ inside my head.
During the month of June, I did a lot of brainstorming and a lot of praying and asking God to help me get it done and be glorified in my novel. (I think that’s what’s really helped me get it done!) The other day, I wondered if I’d be able to do it. It’s a DRAGON, for the sake of Pete!!! But then I remembered one of the last scenes in Return of the King, when Eowyn has to fight the Witch King all by herself. I decided that was what the NaNo dragon looked like, making me feel like it was too long and too hard and taunting me, saying, “No man can slay me!” I just smiled, pulled out my imaginary sword and said, “I am no man!!!” and slayed the dragon. I still can’t believe it.
I guess that officially makes me one of those weird writer people, right? (Love you all, by the way!!) To which I say, “BRING IT ON!!!”
PS: Oh, and if anyone cares… my novel is only half done. I’m looking at another fifty thousand words to finish, but I’m really excited about it!
PPS: Thank you for your patience. Camp NaNoWriMo has taken up my entire month and I’m really surprised at myself for being able to get any blog posts done!! All of the blog posts I’ve promised you are coming up – including the rest of the Les Miz experience posts (it’s like July and I saw it in April. Golly Pete… Sorry, y’all…), my excerpts, and the final days of Camp Grandma-Honey. : D
PPPS: I’ve tried to fix the font size on this post a few times, but it’s all whacked out. Silly Blogger….. Soary… : P