On Hitting My Goal

As you can see by the little graphic in the corner, I have achieved the 50,000 word goal of NaNoWriMo in my first year out.  I am still going and will continue to do so until November 30 or when I finish what I am writing.  NaNoWriMo has taught me something, I enjoy writing.  I enjoy the idea of writing fiction, fantastical stories of unknown people when I start and discovering new things about them as I go along.  I started this project with no idea what I was going to be writing, but I started writing.  I didn't end up with the great American novel, nor did I end up with anything good enough to be posted on a free blog that nobody reads.  That wasn't the point for me this year.  The point was to finish, to hit the 50,000 word goal, and that I did.  I was able to do something I was never able to do before and that is focus on one thing and follow through with it.  In essence, I wrote what equates to the first draft of a book.

So, what's next?  What is this alien going to do between now and 11 months from now when it happens again?  I am going to write a book, seriously.  It may take longer than 30 days, but now that I stepped into the shallow end of the pool and got my feet wet, I am going for full immersion.  I am going to write the book that I have had in my mind for a about the past year that I didn't feel compelled to write for my first NaNoWriMo project.  Will it be published?  I hope so, but even if it's not, I will be happy to have written it and got it out into the open where others may read it.  Will I challenge others to join me in doing the NaNoWriMo next year?  Yes, I will.  Until then, I will be here posting on my blog and writing away on my computer.  Thank you all for your support this month, I appreciate it.