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December 3, 2014

What I Learned During #NaNoWriMo

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Hi Kind Friends! Guess what? I wrote a book last month! That is pretty insane.

If you didn’t read my first update about this challenge, for National Novel Writing Month people all around the world attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days by writing 1,667 words every single day.

I didn’t meet the 50K goal but I did get to 35K. Can you believe that?! With the wedding and honeymoon it was impossible for me to write the suggested word count but I did write every day, even on my wedding day. It honestly bummed me out at first that I didn’t complete the challenge but after a day of reflection I came to become extremely proud of all that I had done last month. November was seriously a happy whirlwind of activity.

I am really proud of my novel so far and have already started working on my second draft.

The title: The Enchanting, Unbelievable, Quirky, and Occasionally Frightening Dream Journal of Juniper Collins (AKA The Story of Last Night)

You have no idea how proud I feel. After a few more drafts I’m going to start researching how I can send it for publishing consideration. I’ll keep you updated on that journey as I get going.

Now what did I learn this month?

  1. 50 thousand words does not make a novel, you actually make a novel.
  2. “Write what you know” is easier than it sounds once you get started.
  3. The more you use your imagination, the more your creativity finds you.
  4. Only you know your song, don’t let other people change your tune.

Pretty profound insights if you ask me. I am so pumped about this month and the coming year.

Have you learned any life lessons recently?



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  • Cindy

    I am so proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!! I will personally be in line to get my hands on that book! There is no doubt that it will be a MUST READ. :) You are so inspirational. Thank you for being you!

    December 4, 2014 at 4:16 pm Reply
    • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

      That means a lot to me Cindy, thank you! I’m feeling like I’m in a little of a rut with it right now, I hope to get back into writing soon.

      January 9, 2015 at 10:54 am Reply

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