Monday, November 30, 2009



I am so proud of myself!  Writing 50,000 words in one month is a huge and difficult goal, and I did it!  Not only that, but I have rediscovered my love of writing, and I am positively JOYFUL.

My novel isn't finished at 50,000 words and I can't wait to finish it.  I have stumbled through this, having no idea at all how to write a novel.  I've figured a few things out along the way, I think.  I will be thrilled to finish my first draft, which will be a pretty big mess, and then go to work on the second draft, which will be awesome. 

I hit 50,000 words on Sunday night, and called my husband over to the computer to watch the NaNo site verify my win and give me a winner's certificate.  Then we celebrated with champagne and Chinese take-out.



  1. You worked very hard and deserve to fell accomplished and proud of yourself. You rocked it!

  2. I'm tossing back a glass with/for you!! Congrats pretty lady. :)

    Also, I'd love to chat with you about your process. About a month ago I drafted a brainstorm for a book... but that's as far as I've gone.

  3. I am soooo proud of you! You did it! And your excitement about the whole process is such a gift. It makes me want to start writing fiction again. for now, i will live vicariously through you! so glad you're loving the process. nothing better.

  4. Hi Ellen! You are amazing...and an inspiration to me!! I know what you mean about it being a "mess". I've found out first hand that 90 percent of writing is re~writing!! But it's a blast too!! I hope you'll keep us posted.

    Good thoughts to you my friend!

  5. Marnie ~ Thank you so much. I'd love to chat with you, too! My process is somewhat haphazard, but it's working for me.

    Angella ~ I'm proud of me, too! And I'm still writing, although the little NaNoWriMo widget won't update any more. I am loving this so much, I can't wait to get to the end of my first draft. Thanks so much for your encouragement, it meant so very much to me, truly.

    Tracey ~ Thank you! You know, I actually really like editing and proofreading, so I'm looking forward to the rewriting process. Hopefully the end of the second draft won't be such a mess.

    Everyone's encouragement was so incredibly important to me last month, and continues to be helpful in my writing journey. Thank you, thank you, thank you! :)

  6. Congrats Ellen! Sounds like this adventure has opened up a whole new world for you let you see your passion - enjoy!

  7. Great work, Ellen! I enjoyed what I was writing, mostly, but that internal editor is damn hard to shut down.
    If you write as well as you "scarf" this will be beautiful work indeed!


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