A Novel Later
So, November 26th I finished my novel with a word count of 50.118, which was the goal of the NaNoWriMo competition.
Of course, it was a great experience finally to have done it, but it’s also a bit strange now when it’s over and there’s no word count to be met every single day. So the last couple of days have been an attempt to recover, really, and to get my mind away from writing. I printed out the manuscript, put it on a shelf in a closet and closed the door. Haven’t looked at it yet. I figure that I’ll take a break for a week or two before going back to re-read and edit it.
To tell you the truth – the last two weeks were really tough. Staring into the screen, writing little more than a couple of hundred words a day. The last 8.000 words took almost as long to write as the preceding 42.000. Together with the fact that my sleeping hours went straight to hell during that period too, it really wasn’t all that pleasant.
Finally, I managed to get it sorted out though (with the help of a bottle of Bushmills and 48 hours of burning midnight oil) and I was at long last able to sleep when it was dark outside and wake up when it got light. Which was truly a relief. To fear going to bed every single time eventually gets you down. You’re so tired that your eyes hurt, both when they’re open and when they’re closed, and four hours later there’s nothing else to do than to give up. If you don’t get up, you feel confident that you’ll go crazy. Too many thoughts going through your head and no way to silence them. That’s the biggest problem of not being able to sleep, I think. The mind never getting enough free time to spring-clean.
But things are going better now and I’ve finished the novel so I can’t really complain. I know I’ve been neglecting you all this month, but as you might understand, I just couldn’t find the energy and motivation to post here during the last couple of weeks. Now I’m back though, and I’m looking forward to blog a bit and catch up on all the stuff you’ve probably been posting in the meantime.
Thank you all for your encouragement while I’ve been writing,