NaNoWriMo Part 2 · 7 December 2006

As November draws to a close, I know that I will not break the 50,000 word goal for “winning” NaNoWriMo 2006. I am not sad that I embarked on the journey though. I wrote just over 35,000 words and have a decent story going. It is rough but it is a story that I can work with and be proud of when all is said and done. I am very glad that Tim got me to work on the project. I am glad that I tried to write a novel in 30 days even if I did not make it.

I never really thought of myself as a novelist. And even now, I do not know that I will ever have a marketable piece of fiction to sell to the public. Regardless of my financial viability as a writer, I got a great amount of satisfaction out of attempting to write 50,000 words in 30 days. I found out that I could sustain a story longer than two pages. And I decided that I do have a bit of a knack for telling stories. All of those things make me think that even though I did not get to the goal of NaNoWriMo, I am still a winner.

My two friends who started this journey called NaNoWriMo with me are at various places in their journeys. Tim, who got me started in the first place, had a tough time getting out of the starting blocks but we had great discussions about writing and telling stories. Diane, a former student who I knew writes a lot, may still make it. After all, she was just behind me in word count going into the Thanksgiving weekend and as of this writing still has more than thirty-six hours to go. I hope that she makes it.

I hope that NaNoWriMo makes it too. I hope that they get enough donations to keep the program going. They have school programs and they are getting people around the country and around the world writing. Who knows. The next great novelist may be somebody who just wanted to finish NaNoWriMo this year. Or next. But whether the organization makes it or not, I am sure that there will be people who will write because they heard of this crazy organization with this crazy challenge to write a novel in one month’s time. At least I hope so.

Regardless of what happens to the NaNoWriMo organization, I am going to finish my novel. I am going to continue to write. And maybe someday, I will actually be the author at the local book store signing copies of my latest novel. For now though, I am happy that I took the challenge. I am happy that I got 35,000 words written toward my first novel. I am happy that I participated in NaNoWriMo 2006. My mom already said that she wants to participate next year. And if you ever thought of writing a novel, maybe you will too. Happy NaNoWriMo 2006. I hope you join in the fun in 2007.

© 2006 Michael T. Miyoshi

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