Saturday, November 28, 2009

What a difference a day makes

I woke up this morning feeling better than I had in three days. I showered. I put on my brand-new NaNoWriMo Writing Machine t-shirt. I put my butt in the chair. And I made myself stay there. Mostly.

I worked on my novel. I talked to Alison on the phone. I wrote a thousand words. I read and sent some emails. (Thanks, Lisa, for the cheerleading!) Another eight hundred. I took a lunch break. I wrote twelve hundred more words. I took a half hour to walk the dog and meet the new neighbor, because I cannot sit in a chair all day and the weather was beautiful. But I kept coming back to the chair. I kept forcing myself to close the Internet windows and open the Word document titled, "NaNoWriMo 2009." I just wanted to be done already.

And I finished! I pushed through, so I could finish today and actually enjoy some of what's left of my weekend. And let me tell you, the joy of seeing the "winner" screen was so worth it. Jumping up and down and shouting worth it.

If I can do it, you can do it. Any of you who are still pushing to finish, you can do it! And thanks, everyone, for all the support. I couldn't have gotten here without you.

Let the editing begin! (Well, not right away. I need to actually finish the story and then let it percolate. You know. But trust me. There will be editing.)


Lisa said...

Congratulations! How inspiring! Just think, now you can shrug your shoulders and say, "Yeah, I wrote a novel in a month."

Michelle said...

I'm still not sure what I have is actually a novel. It is part of a novel, and a bunch of related scenes. But thanks!

Sarah said...

Oh, Michelle, way to go! Especially after being sick the last few days.

Now on to the editing. : )