Here we are in December. What craziness is this? The last month of the year and I can not begin to tell you all how awesome you all have been this past year. ;)
But first off, let's talk about NaNoWriMo. My crazy over-achieving goal was 100k. My bare minimum was 50k. I was a bit behind all month, but towards the half way point I was feeling pretty good. I hit 50k with almost two weeks to spare and I was pretty sure I would make it. Then life happened... specifically pain in my wrists. I've had trouble with tendonitis earlier this year, and it's something that we writers might just run into in our lives. I was pretty frustrated, but here's the thing: Taking care of yourself is more important than huge goals. With this new obstacle I slowed WAY down and didn't write much more at all. I didn't want to throw myself and my wrists out of comission for weeks after because of pushing too hard and I definitely didn't want to cause more damage to them either. So I ended up at 60k. Not my intended goal, but not horrible either. If you take away anything from this post, I hope it's this: It's ok to slow down for health reasons. Working through mental or physical stress is hard, and I get that. I don't think you should quit-- hopefully that's not a word that's in your dictionary! But it IS ok to lessen your load or pause in your writing journery for a while. Keep up your health and you won't have as much possibility of major injury later.
But that said-- despite the lower goal and the crazy busy November, I thoroughly enjoued this year's NaNo. It was fun, my novels were full of quirky characters and surprises (even to myself!) and I really enjoyed being more involved with other writers too. 60k isn't a bad start. ;)
So what was your NaNoWriMo like? Anything unusual or interesting in your writing journey last month? I'd love to hear, so please go ahead and share in the comments! :)
You all have a lovely day!