I believe strongly in the importance of both self discipline and accountability. It is because of this, coupled with my desire to tell stories, that I have signed up for every NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo possible since I started seriously writing in 2015.
This does not mean I’m a “winner” every time it comes around.
In April, I shared my success with you. Today, I’m sharing a different kind of victory.
I had originally intended to submit a couple short stories at the end of June in order to give myself more time over the summer to work through novel edits. Well, four weeks later, I finally took the time to finish reviewing what my beta readers told me and make the necessary edits to those short stories. I finished submissions yesterday.
Unfortunately, this also means that my editing timeline is a month behind its already extended timeline for the novel. and that I will not likely “win” this Camp NaNoWriMo.
This is kind of a big deal for me. It’s the first novel I’ve written that I strongly believe has a chance at publishing in the near future. I do have another novel hanging out on my bookshelf. This bookshelf novel is more ambitious than my current projects and I want more experience as a writer before I go back and tackle its comprehensive storyline.
I know I’m rambling a bit. But, I wanted to give you all an update on where I’m at now and a partial update on when you can expect to see stories from me in print. My guess is that I’ll hear back sometime between 11 weeks and six months from now.
Now, back to NaNoWriMo. I cannot say enough good stuff about the orgnaization. For me, it was exactly the kick in the pants I needed to take my stories from theoretical to words on a page. Being able to see other people with the same struggles and humble origins is a huge confidence booster (and stress reliever).
So my friends, get out there, meet some people, and write.