No, I didn't manage my 50,000 words this month, :( However, that doesn't mean I didn't learn a great deal from taking on this challenge.
This month is already chaotic, however, if you are an author, a good many of the days during the year are chaotic so it's only slightly more hectic than a normal month.
I learned I could take on crazy schedules both in my writing world and outside my writing world and still live to see another day. I'm also much happier when I am writing on a daily basis even if the word count is not what I'd like it to be.
I learned that, yes, I can write at 2:30 a.m. or 4 a.m. after I've been to sleep. It's a whole different ballgame than staying up until those hours writing, but going to bed, getting up early, and getting some writing in before I head out to the day job, that was interesting to say the least.
I learned that even under high stress from the outside world, I could still write every day and take a break from the stresses of this life. I was able to remember why I love writing stories and how getting caught up in them is so much nicer than getting caught up in the every day drama of the world around me.
I learned where there is a will there's a way. Some days all the writing I managed was the time before work. Other days I wrote before work, during work, and after work. I still managed to get the things done I needed to do in both my writing world and the real world.
Most of all I learned to be happy with whatever I managed to get in each day without getting aggravated at myself for only getting a thousand words or less as some days would have it.
Life likes to throw us curve balls, it's how we learn. So instead of being down on myself I have to look at the progress made. I feel fantastic about putting effort into writing each day. It reminded me of how much I enjoy writing stories and letting the characters carry me away.
I know now I can withstand some pretty major storms and still focus on what I need to do for me. I would have to say this was the biggest leason learned from NaNoWriMo this year :)
Everyone have a lovely night!!!
Blessings to all!!!