And the winner is…

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…ME! For the second year in a row, I successfully completed NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). If you’re unfamiliar with this world-wide event, the challenge is to write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days.

This year’s novel started out horribly. I had what I thought was going to be an amazing idea inspired by a member of my family. When I sat down to write the story, the words just wouldn’t come. I struggled to write a single scene of just over 300 words. I did research on the time period and locations, but nothing was coming to the surface.

I attended a locally hosted write-in (where local NaNo participants can gather to share creative energy, have word wars, and generally push each other toward the finish line) and a friend said to me, “Well, maybe you’re writing the wrong story.” Whoa. Really?

In a moment, I remembered another story idea that had come to me about a year ago. I shifted mental gears, thinking that at 6 days behind “schedule” I would not make the 50K goal. Clearly, this particular story was ready to be written. It poured out of me often days faster than I could get it down.

On Saturday, I was just over 5K away from the finish line and was determined to finish that day. With one final push, the goal was met. I sat back from my keyboard and took a moment to let it sink in. Not only had I written 50,000 original words, I had completed the entire thing in just 17 days!

Now, more than ever, I believe that anything is possible if you want it bad enough. My story is not finished, but I’ve got a wonderful start and I have a plan for actually finishing this one.

Yesterday, I returned to my comfort zone of poetry. I posted a new prompt over at Poets on the Page and I’ll be adding my own poem in response later this week. Check out the prompt and link up your own poetry. I’d love to read it!

Meanwhile, preparations are underway for Thanksgiving. My mother is already cooking. My husband and I will begin the 6-hour drive on Thursday morning, picking my children up from celebrating with their Dad after lunch. This year I have more to be thankful for than ever.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah!

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