Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I'm a winner...and crazy too!

So...I've been busy this past month.

No, not with the new baby or the precocious 3 year old. I've barely folded my laundry and done the bare minimum in making dinner. I haven't even made any Christmas plans.

What then, you ask have I been so busy with? Well, on November 1st I happened to read a couple of blog posts about NaNoWriMo and then saw that a couple friends on Facebook had decided to take the challenge. Curious about this strange acronym I hightailed it over to the website (what did we ever do without the internet?) to find out what on earth they were talking about.

Turns out the November is NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth and there's a big challenge on the internet to write a complete 50,000+ word novel in 30 days. CRAZY!

So of course, without any thought whatsoever, I signed up to do it.

That's right. For thirty days I have been writing like a maniac trying to complete about 2000 words every day. In between crying babies/preschoolers, laundry, vacuuming and diaper blowouts. I'm ridiculous, I know.

However, after much craziness, a husband who has now confirmed that I'm certifiably insane (but was supportive anyway! Truly!), and eyes that have been permanently dry and red for the last 10 days, I am a WINNER!

Yep, that's right. I completed a novel in 30 days! It's a first draft, it's rough and needs much work but I got an entire story down in writing; beginning, ending and even a middle. It's a big accomplishment and I'm pretty proud of myself.

Now I have to go clean my house.


  1. Congrats, Sarah! When do we get to read it!?

  2. Oh, and what was the prize for winning??

  3. Prize = the satisfaction of proving that you're crazy for typing that many words in 30 days! :) Bragging rights about said craziness. Oh and that nifty banner to the right!

    I hear rumors that there is an editing challenge in March...I'm waiting to see and if so I'll start working on it again then - when my brain has recovered. Until there's a major edit (or ten) I don't think it'll see the light of day. I'm pretty sure that some of it is incoherent since I was so tired a few nights that I was trying to type...!