I have a certain ritual when I enter a book section of a store. I walk around and read all the titles, running my hands across the shelf so that I don’t miss one. Most of them, I imagine starting with a desire – a desire to create a story and share it with others. As I do this, I envision my book sitting on the shelf among the other books, and I feel what I can only describe as a child-like excitement at the thought of being published. There is a story behind all of these books, and it’s not just the one written on the pages – it is the one about the person who wrote it. A story that includes planning, endless hours, sweat and tears, rewriting, and finally the anticipation.
This leads me to my conclusion of NaNoWriMo. I passed the 50k mark and finished the first draft of my book on November 16th. Why didn’t I write this sooner? I wanted to bathe in the fact that I made a goal, and I achieved it. I also wanted to let my characters rest. They worked so hard to help me with this story and deserved to take a break. I almost feel it would be premature of me to celebrate this achievement. There is so much work to be done at this point, and it really is just the beginning.
I did not type the words “The End” when I was finished, because the fact remains that I am not finished. I’ll save those precious words for when I feel the book is truly complete and ready to be sent off. This is the first time that I have written something that I feel has the potential to be sitting on the shelf with many of the others. I am so fortunate to have met so many people during this journey, and I look forward to continuing these friendships. I look forward to seeing some familiar names on the shelves as we continue our quest to be published, and I look forward to sharing my sweat and tears along the way. November is almost over, but my writing will continue.
So as I soak in this moment, I say thank you for all of your support, and I look forward to what our futures will bring!