After NaNoWriMo

Written by on December 18, 2010 in Conversations on the Healing Journey with 0 Comments

So NaNoWriMo has been over since November 30, midnight, and I made my goal! Formal end count, 52,209 words. Yeah!

It’s amazing how quickly my “regular” life demanded tending to. Not that I just dropped everything in November, but I consciously chose to let a few things slide. Taking a day or two to step away from novel writing, turned into a couple weeks trying to get back into the swing of my “other” life before I became a full-time writer for a month.

And I’m quite grumpy about it. Just ask Brhiannon. (Sorry sweetheart.)

I haven’t quit writing, and in fact, have added to the novel here and there, and started the editing process, as well as picked up my nonfiction manuscript again. I’m certainly writing more now than before I started NaNoWriMo. It just doesn’t take up my days or even my thoughts like it did in November (I like having my mind crowded with creative ideas.) The other needs of my life crowd in and like jealous children vying for my attention, demand that it’s their turn now.

And despite all the things I have to take care of in my daily living, and the writing that I am doing, something is missing. Taking “some writing time” isn’t enough. I don’t want just writing time any more. I want immersion.

I really like the hard work, the pressure, the accountability of NaNoWriMo. I liked writing so much under these circumstances that even though I hit 50,000 early in the day on the 30th, I wound up adding another 2,000 words by 11:30 that night.

So maybe I’m weird, but I enjoyed it, every bit of it. I loved the sense of accomplishment and the flow, even the writer’s blocks! And I had a few.

It was like a game, a personal challenge, where I developed certain skills and techniques, learned a bit about myself, especially perseverance – my perseverance and what it looked like and how to use it most effectively.

It was fabulous.

I once read an interview by an author who said he hated writing, but he loved having written.

And I thought, well, then why bother? Different people have different motives and reasons for writing, and I can’t speak to those. But for me, if I hate the process, then I can’t do it. Because it’s all about the process for me. You know, the journey more important than the destination kind of thing. Though the destination is nice too!

NaNoWriMo isn’t about writing 50,000 words in 30 days. For those who participated, it wouldn’t be such a stretch to say NaNoWriMo is like fire-walking, the point being to push you to show you not just what you can do, but who you are.

And now that I’ve met “the new me”, I think I want to continue my journey with her.

I know I do.

About the Author

About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, using spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. Demian is a traveler on the healing journey with a lifelong love affair with the creative process. .


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