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Nearing the horizon: Last 48 of Camp NaNoWriMo A Reflection

June 29, 2012

Less than 48 hours to go and I am almost done with my first excursion into the writing world. I will (theoretically) have a novel (first draft) done by the end of tomorrow, (hopefully sooner.) Starting this crazy journey almost 30 days ago I had some pretty high hopes, but also some really big fears. I knew it would be a challenge. I knew I would struggle with my internal editor (and I have almost every time I sit down at the computer) and I knew there were be quite a few people who wouldn’t understand (no shortage there.) But in the end my biggest fear was that I wouldn’t be able to do it. I was worried about running out of things to say, running out of ideas, and I would end up realizing this crazy dream job was better left to someone else.

The reality? I have learned more about myself in the past 30 days than I have in a long time. I have discovered some of my biggest weaknesses (internal critic, fear of failure.) I have learned some of my greatest strengths (perseverance, commitment, originality, and the ability to laugh at myself.) I know I am really only just at the start of the journey to becoming a card-carrying member of authorhood. I know that writing 50,000 words in thirty days doesn’t mean that I actually have a book in my hands (though it should be a very good start.) I have come to realize that a lot of people won’t get it, at least not for a long while and even then some people may not understand. Most of all I realize that at the end of the day I am just so thankful for the chance to pursue this dream job. I get to wake up every morning and chase after it, going full tilt, legs kicking the dust-up behind me as I get closer to becoming who I always wanted to be.

Having this as my work space doesn’t hurt either.

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  1. I’m super impressed by, and proud of, you! This is quite the achievement, and like I’ve said before, I can’t wait to read the final product!

  2. Congratulations! 50,000 words in a month is a major accomplishment! I’m curious. What did you write about?

    • It’s a mystery/detective style story based on an original idea I came up with before the contest started. The synopsis I posted on the Camp website: Daniel Cransky,The PR rep to a media mogul with a bad temper, has been shot but manages to survive. Two detectives are on the case trying to figure out who would shoot the rep, and why? Daniel remembers only pieces of the attack, but one detail is for certain the gunman was wearing the expensive one of a kind watch belonging to his employer. As the detectives begin to unravel the pieces of the murder attempt, they are thrust deeper into a world of high class, fast cash, and secrets to take to the grave.

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