Friday, 30 November 2012

NaNoWriMo Winner, Just


I did it. I finished NaNoWriMo with a couple of hours to spare.

I'd like to say I jumped with joy. Instead I patted myself on the back metaphorically for finishing at all. You see compared to 2010, this year's NaNoWriMo was traumatic. All was going well until the 21st, when I received devastating news about someone I love dearly. Since then, I've been living in the hazy world of shock, sadness, hope, anger, and frustration. I've tried to do what usually comes naturally to me, getting on with life until more answers come. Not bothering to many people with my worries. It hasn't been easy. But somehow I managed to write my 50k, despite only writing for 19 of the 30 days of November.

I have to thank all my Blogging, Twitter, and Facebook friends for their encouragement. In particular the Devon NaNoWriMos who kept me writing; for saying it was okay to lose myself in my writing and to forget my worries for a while.

I need to thank my best friend Rachel Morris for keeping it real and keeping me laughing. But the biggest thanks of all goes to my other half for his daily lectures on how it didn't matter if what I was writing was rubbish because it's just the first draft. For reminding me it's what you make of it in the second and subsequent drafts that matters. You rock, Mr. M.

To those of you who took part in NaNoWriMo this year, whether or not you made the 50k, I salute you. It's the taking part that counts.

42 comments:

  1. Congratulations and I'm sorry for your sorrow. Love the H's advice. So true.

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    1. Thank you, Julie. Your comment is much appreciated.

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  2. It's tough when you have to deal with grief, but sometimes having something to keep you going is a blessing in disguise.

    I'm very proud of you--especially given your extra burdens.

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    1. Thank you, Maria. Your comments mean a lot. Even though I feel emotionally and physically drained, my writing does give me something positive to focus on.

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  3. Well done Ellie, and I'm sorry to hear about the difficulties you're facing. I'm glad you were able to enjoy parts of the Nano experience :)

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments, Ellen. Much appreciated.

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  4. Oh I'm so sorry to hear you had such awful news! :-( Big big hugs! And WELL DONE YOU for winning the Nanowrimo challenge!!!! Glad you had lots of love and support!! Take care
    x

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    1. Thanks, Old Kitty. I can always reply on you to cheer me up!

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  5. I'm sorry!!
    Glad you powered through and got it done. Take the weekend off now.

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    1. Thanks, Alex. I worked Saturday but vegged out on Sunday. Back writing today. No rest for the wicked.

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  6. Not sure what's up Ellie, but I'm not surprised you've persevered. Congrats on completing your NaNo goals, and hope things are better for you soon.

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    1. Thank you, Wesley. Your comments mean a lot.

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  7. Big hugs to you and don't keep things inside. We are all here to help or listen or whatever.

    Congrats on powering through NaNo! Sometimes our greatest writing comes from despair.

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    1. Thank you, Laura. It's great knowing I have so much support.

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  8. Great going. Sorry to hear you had bad news. I had a bit of a week like that, too, and it sucks.

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that, Botanist. I hope things are improving for you.

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  9. Congrats, but sorry about your sad news. What a sweet hubby!

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  10. Congrats for finishing! I finished a day early. I'm sorry about the sad news though :(

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    1. Thank you, Chantal. Your comments mean a lot to me. Congratulations on winning!

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  11. Well done on finishing even though you had a rough go. Hope things get better for you soon. :)

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    1. Thank you, Candilynn. I hope so as well.

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    1. Thank you, Donna. Your comments mean a lot!

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  13. You struggled and you persevered. That is another pat on the back. Congrats on the finish and you are in my prayers and thoughts.

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    1. Bless you, Angela. I couldn't keep going without the support of all my writing friends.

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  14. Congrats for finishing! I am sorry about your friend.

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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    1. I also tagged you in my blog today :)

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    2. Thanks, Allison. I'm popping over to your blog now.

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  15. Hi Ellie - gosh I'm sorry to hear the news and hope you can take time out now to 'just be' and adjust .. thankfully Mr H sounds a brilliant chap to have around right now.

    Well done on Nano .. you achieved .. and it's so challenging to concentrate when things aren't going right in the world around you -

    Have a blessed weekend ... with thoughts - Hilary

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    1. Thank you, Hilary. I'm taking every day one day at a time and trying to immerse myself in my writing. I hope everything is well with you.

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  16. I'm sorry to hear about your lost, Ellie. Remembering the good times you shared will help.

    Well done on Nano Hopefully you can turn it into a bestseller.

    Have a great weekend.

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    1. We haven't lost this person yet but I'm not sure what the future will bring. I'm hoping for the best. Thank you for your kind comments. They mean a lot.

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  17. knew ye could... grats ellie :)

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  18. So sorry to hear of your sorrow, life has a habit of throwing the unexpected at us. When it does we just have to deal with it in the best way we can and allow ourselves to feel sad. Hope you feel better soon.

    Well done on completing NaNo I am in awe of those who manage it! Take care.

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    1. Thank you for your words of comfort, Suzanne. They mean a lot.

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  19. Congratulations on finishing, but sorry about the bad news. I hope everything is better now.

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    1. We're in a state of limbo at the moment, waiting for more news. I'm praying everything will be okay. Thank you for your kind thoughts, Tonja.

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  20. Well done with the NaNo thing. Sorry to hear you are grieving, although I have found loss a big stimulus to get things written down, I have only ever keep a diary during those periods of my life and losing myself in writing got me through.

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    1. Thank you, Snafu. I'm taking one day at a time at the moment. I've never kept a diary before, something I regret. But I will be starting one in 2013. I'll be posting about it nearer the time.

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  21. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that you got such bad news. I think the advice about losing yourself in your writing was so true, I'm glad you were able to do that and get your mind off your sadness however briefly. Well done on finishing NaNo but I'm sorry it had to be accompanied by such sorrow. Take care!

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