NaNoWriMo 2016 Aftermath

So Wednesday night, I went a little crazy.

Really, it was Thursday morning. I fell asleep at 10:30 pm on Wednesday night and woke up at 12:30 am on Thursday morning. It was a classic case of post-NaNoWriMo insomnia.

I made a list, appropriately titled "Exciting and Fun Ideas!!!!!" I will not share with you the list, because most of the things on it would make no sense to anyone who reads this. But I found myself wrapped up in all these ideas, many of which involved painting, and all of which had to do with the ~holiday spirit~. Why am I sharing this with you? I'm not sure. But NaNoWriMo opened up a gaping hole in my mind which was instantly flooded with artsy glittery things.

At eight pm on Wednesday night, November 30th, 2016, I finished NaNoWriMo with 52,760 words.

I hadn't checked my word count since I hit around 49,100 on Tuesday for two reasons: One, I was scared that I would lose motivation once I hit 50,000; Two, I didn't want it to be over!

This was the second time I'd reached the word count goal, but it was the first time I'd finished a first draft of a novel. It was also the first time I actually had positive feelings about what I'd written.

 The next step is to edit it- to make it readable and interesting and actually good. It's daunting, but I'm incredibly excited.

Something I noticed: Every so often I would get the undeniable feeling that something in a sentence was missing. I needed a word, a certain word with a specific meaning, but I just could not summon up that word. Instead, I would replace it with something that meant generally the same thing, even though it didn't capture the mood right. Then, within the next two days, I would find the exact word I needed.

The day after, I wasn't really sure what to do. Sure, part of it was because I had slept very little the night before. But for the most part, I wasn't sure what to do with all the time I had. Before school, during any study hall, during lunch period, the time I spent in the library after school- what had I done before November? I got a lot of homework done, evidently.
Of course I'm grateful to everyone who dealt with me this past November, but I'd like to extend a special thanks to my friends- mostly the ones who read this- for their massive support. Y'all dealt patiently with my spacey-ness, and every time I mentioned writing(which was pretty often. Thanks for not strangling me.) y'all would start whooping and get all peppy. Your encouragement made the whole month so much fun.

World peace and love,

Heather <3

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