So much for a sprint, it was definitely a marathon of writing. NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. A challenge for authors to finish their novels in the month of November with a 50K word count as a goal.

You log your word count every day and monitor your progress. To stay on target you need to track about 1600 words every day. I did not do that. So I was constantly behind. But I kept on trucking.

I did not meet my 50K goal but hit 35,448 words. It’s more words than I would have had if I didn’t do the challenge. I may not do anything with the draft with Dream Walker but I feel accomplished. I may not have met my goal but I finished the book.

I already had 15K words before starting NaNoWriMo. So My word count was high, just couldn’t make it higher with my time spent on it in the mornings.

The draft I finished is absolute shit and not fit for human consumption at this point. It needs a lot of work. Staring at it makes me question my worth and talent as a writer.

I went through a lot of emotions writing. I felt imposter syndrome. I guess I still do a bit. But I keep telling myself this is a VERY ROUGH DRAFT.

With all of that, I am proud of myself for completing this challenge and writing for 30 days every day.

I had my students do their own writing challenge for the month. They could write about anything they wanted. It was just short. They set their word goal and wrote short stories or diary entries. My 7th graders hated it. My 6th graders loved it. I’m not sure what I will do with it. I think I will have them do it again. I got some really good material from them. I’m proud of them for sticking with it like I did.

Well, Dream Walker will be put on the back burner to simmer. I will start my next project this month, hopefully, with the same vigor and determination, NaNoWriMo taught me to have.

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