Well folks, I must announce that I did not win my first NaNoWriMo challenge.
Now, I may not have met the goal of 30,000 words that I set out for myself, but I definitely don’t consider the whole thing a bust.
Participating in this challenge was incredibly rewarding for me. Allow me to share some of my personal wins for this challenge.
I wrote for the first time in years
Okay, it may not have been years since I’ve written. But for this story in particular, it probably has been a few years! I’ve focused on a few other stories instead. But overall, I definitely hadn’t written in about a year and a half.
It felt good to sit down and write again. It felt good to get back into this story. It felt good to take steps to pursue my dream of becoming a writer.
I have that inspiration and drive back!
I built a great community
The writer’s community on social media is amazing. I connected with tons of great writers on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I’m so excited to have joined this community.
I’ve never really been connected to other writers this way before. It feels amazing to have a support system!
Plus, I know I can count on these people to help me throughout my writing process. From helping me get over writers block to figuring out how to become published. They’ll be there for me.
I made time for my work
To help myself achieve my goals, I scheduled times for me to write. In the beginning, I did very well in actually sitting down to write on the days I planned. That meant a lot to me! It showed me that despite my busy schedule, I can fit in the time for writing. I can make it happen if I have the right organization skills in place.
My Work Isn’t Over
I’ve decided that I’m going to continue setting goals for my writing. It’s helpful! I’ll continue to plan out time to write. My fiancé has been so helpful with this and I know that I can continue to have his support while pursuing this dream.
This was only first writing challenge. I already can’t wait to do another one!