Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What I am Thankful For

I am grateful for so many things; however this November, I am thankful for this writing goal and what it means to me.
As I write this, seven days are all that is left of the month of November and my NaNo goal of 50,000 words. Right this very minute, I have 44,111 and a solid idea for the next two chapters. Each chapter seems to average about 2,500 words. Who knows, one or possibly two days more and I will reach my goal. Another goal was also accomplished with this one.
Each new word I add to my story and as my story grows, it is officially the longest story I have ever written. To me that is remarkable. I have dreamt of writing a story of this length for as long as I can remember.  This NaNo challenge helped me to achieve this. I am not there yet but I can see the light shining ever so bright at the end of this tunnel or rather halfway point to my story’s completion. The final goal is a novel length story at or slightly over 100,000 words. I plan to take a little more time in December and January to meet the next 50,000 goal.
March is the kick off for editing my first draft.  With all these goals laid out in front of me and by expressing them to you, makes my drive and determination kick in full speed ahead. However, none of this would be possible had I not managed the first goal. It is the first goal I am most thankful for this Thanksgiving. Below is the famous Norman Rockwell painting from his Freedom series. It is called, Freedom from Want. I think this is timely for so many reasons beside the obvious.



19 comments:

razzamadazzle said...

This is a great take on the prompt--certainly worthy of a trophy!

Teresa

kathew said...

great thoughtful post-and kudos to you with your writing! Happy Thanksgiving-

Máire T. Robinson said...

That's a real achievement, Kristen. Congratulations on your novel progress so far. I've heard great things about NaNoWriMo. Must give it a go some time. Maybe next year!

Steve said...

Congratulations Kristen,
Keep sight of that light!

kaykuala said...

Kirsten Ma'am,
Go for it! 50,000 already in hand. Don't think about it anymore. It's now the next hurdle. You're well on the way to be that novelist. I admire such guts and determination.
And 'Happy Thanksgiving'!

Hank

Cad said...

I guess you can award yourself a trophy then?!

ninotaziz said...

Dearest Kirsten,
Having attempted Nanowrimo some years back, I know how difficult this is! No, I did not make it but I still have that unfinished manusscript somewhere. The good thing was I did finish writing three complete books on Malay legends after my attempt at Nanowrimo!

Keep it up - Congratulations.

madamebutterfly said...

Congrats on your achievement this far.

gautami tripathy said...

Keep it up!

shifting with the winds

Helen said...

And, dear Kristen ... I am thankful to know you - to have the opportunity to read your work.

Berowne said...

Quite a writing goal -- bonne chance!

Jingle said...

keep it up,
almost done.
Glad that you take the challenge and getting it almost done....

Tumblewords: said...

Congratulations on the Nano! Happy Thanksgiving to you!!

Brigid said...

Kirsten, a lovely post and what a huge achievement. I wish I could come near achieving as many words as that. Best of luck with the next part and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

You deserve the trophy for all that writing. Congrats on meeting your goal and for finishing what you started. Happy Thanksgiving!

Reflections said...

Congrats on the NaNo... from your side bar, you have finished the goal by the time I am reading this post... Well done.

willow said...

Happy Writing. Hope you and yours enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday. xx

Carrie Burtt said...

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Kristen...keep on writing!! :-)

Lucy Westenra said...

Thanksgiving now past, but I hope you enjoyed your celebrations as I enjoyed your writing.