I am so proud of myself! I have written 50,293 words!
Most of what I wrote was memoir. At first I was really unsure about writing memoir but in the end I am really glad I decided to do it. I learned so much about myself and my own voice. I learned what issues in my life are important for me to write about and what values really matter to me.
While what I wrote was memoir, I say that in the loosest possible way. My manuscript does not follow any sort of story arc and does not really have an ending. I think that is what I learned the most writing memoir. I am still in the process of living my story and it couldn't be a solid book yet because many of my life issues are still unresolved.
Much of what I wrote could be developed into some good essays or chapters though and I think all of this has given me a great start on writing a more structured memoir. Although I do love the idea of writing a book of essays as well.
I actually have some memoir that I wrote for a FebNoWriMo a couple years ago. I want to combine that manuscript with the one I have just written. I have so much material for a memoir now and it makes me extremely excited.
I plan on doing all of this rereading and editing in March and am really anxious for NaNoEdMo (National Novel Writing Month). They say they will be back in 2015. Hopefully the website will be active. Active website or no, I do want to work on reading through all I have written and editing it into an worthwhile book. Well hopefully it will be worthwhile book.
In the meantime, I am just going to bask in the afterglow of having won NaNoWriMo! If you follow this blog then you know I have really been struggling with getting any writing done and for me to have won this year is huge. HUGE!
I also will be working on getting this blog in better shape. I went through and deleted so much content which I really regret now. I need to work on building this blog back up and creating a real writing platform.
Most of all, I need to keep writing! This past November was wonderful but I need to keep this up. I need to keep writing. I feel like I have found my love for writing again. I can't wait to start working on essays, short stories, and a novel. I even want to start writing poetry again.
Writing this memoir for NaNoWriMo has made me realize it's not too late. It's never too late. I do feel like I missed out on a lot of years of good writing but I won't dwell on that anymore. I feel like winning NaNoWriMo has given newfound confidence to be the