I posted a while back about my participation in Naitonal Novel Writing Month, and I’m back now to let you all know that I succeeded! I was in fact able to crank out 50,912 words over the course of one month, and I now have a (mostly) complete first draft. The last several chapters are only really in synopsis form, but they’re at least fleshed out.
Of course, that also meant that since I was doing so much writing, the last thing I wanted to do was write some more when I had a spare minute. So I ended up neglecting this space over the month. I have to say, I was sort of hoping that one of my characters would have decided to write a blog, just so I could have shared with you all what my characters were writing about. Alas, none of them really seemed interested in blogging. They were all too busy unraveling conspiracies, solving crimes, and leaving gigantic plot holes for me to try to fill.
So what did I learn from this experience? That it’s ok to try something new, to just jump in, maybe even without a full-fledged plan, and just get to work. That focusing only on quantity does not obscure the quality as much as you might think. That mistakes are there to give us perspective. That when you let go of your expectations and allow ridiculous things into your mind, that somehow, they form good ideas. That I’m capable of more than I give myself credit for sometimes. That I really just might be able to do anything I put my mind to if I work hard enough.
And those are important lessons, not only in my own life, but in the grander scheme of the world. Think what we could accomplish if everyone on the planet all put their heads together to solve this climate crisis, if all our leaders and governments around the world truly supported and implemented sustainability plans. Or even if they just worked on coming up with solutions for even one month. The problems seem almost unsolvable they’re so big. But I believe human imagination and innovation are limitless. We just need to put them properly to work.