I can’t believe it! I did it… I won!

30 days ago I was convinced to join in a crazy venture; NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

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30 days later, 50,000 words along and I am still genuinely surprised that I was able to do it. I’m not sure it’s  truly worth reading at the moment but I’m going to fix that.

I still have words to write. I still have more story to tell. So I guess the first order of business would be to finish the book.

Then I will take a break, like everyone says to, and enjoy my Christmas season. Then I will go back to it and edit.

Who knows… you might even see my little story in your favorite bookstore next year.

Some things I can tell you about this journey:

I never expected to finish, even though my mom and my friends thought I could. So finishing a full day early is a tremendous surprise, a pleasant one!

The journey has been a great one. I have had so much fun staying up late, writing beside mom, laughing over silly things, helping each other out with names and ages and things to write about (we both needed another scene to write about several times), drinking too much coffee and kids staying up way past their bedtimes, asking us every five minutes –

“How many words now?”

The journey has been a rewarding one. I have made new friends, cyber and in-real-life. I have learned things about myself. I have to “think Amish” to write the story properly – which makes it all the more amazing that I finished on time. I found within me a world, an entire community, filled with wonderful characters and beautiful landscapes and warm emotions, a place I plan to visit again someday soon because I have more to say about these characters. Their story is not finished yet.

And if no one ever publishes a word, if no one ever reads a word (except mom of course) and if one else enjoys the story but me… it’s still worth it. Every step, every word, every late night is worth it because I have accomplished something amazing, something I never thought I could, something that a lot of people wish they could do but never try.

I wrote a book.

And I am exceedingly grateful, to my mom, to my friends, to my kids for the ideas and the inspiration and the encouragement!

I’m also rather excited at the prospect of reading mom’s book. She participated AND WON this year too. Her book, “Ella’s Christmas Quilt” sounds amazing and the glimpses I’ve gotten here and there over the last month are very exciting and I hope she let’s me read it when she’s done with it!

In fact, the one truly bad part of this journey was yesterday when she looked over at me and asked “How many words do you have?” and I had to tell her (with a sheepish look on my face) that I had just validated my word count and I had won… before her.

And do you know what she said? She said “AWESOME!” She was not upset or angry or even defeated. In fact, she was inspired! She kicked her writing into a higher gear (I secretly think she might have been holding back a bit to encourage me because her daily word counts were almost always higher than mine) and she finished last night too!

Less than two hours after I won, she did too!

And… THAT is AWESOME! SHE is AWESOME!

THANKS MOM!

 

© Rachel L. Miller 2013

One Week Left in NaNoWriMo

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Who can believe how fast this month has gone?

I can’t say I’ve kept up with my word count every day but I do think I’ve done an amazing job, especially when I consider that I truly thought I would be doing good to reach 10,000 words.

I never imagined that I would hit 30,000 words and still have story left in me but here we are with a week to go and I am passing 35,000 words and I think I still have enough story to go.

I may actually hit 50,000 words.

Whether or not I will get them on time is still the question. But I may actually have a 50,000 word story in me. Astonishing. Surprising. Gratifying.

PRAISE GOD!

And it has been quite a ride. I won’t say I’ve enjoyed every minute of it but I am enjoying it much more than I ever could have anticipated. And I do believe, whether I hit 50K in time or not, that I will be finishing well!

And I applaud each and every one of you who have stuck it out this far, whether you are at 38,000 or 50,000 already or still struggling to get past 20,000. Great job! You are fantastic just for trying! Keep it up!

And may God Bless you as well!

 

© Rachel L. Miller 2013

Mom did it!

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I LOVE the Amish! I love everything about them and if I could live without my books, my music and my iPhone, I would join the order today!

It’s all mom’s fault really.

She started reading Amish novels and she finally convinced me to give them a try. Now I’m hooked and it’s all her fault.

Funny story:  Years ago, we watched the movie “Amish Grace” which is based on a true story and we loved it. It was very well made. It had just the right amount of heartwarming mixed in with tragedy.

A couple of years ago, we watched “The Shunning” and then we realized when we were waiting for it’s sequel “The Confession: that they were based on a book series by Beverly Lewis.

My mom had already been reading Amish books for a while at that point but it was just what she needed to get me hooked too because I LOVE those movies and I am anxiously awaiting the third installment!

Now that I am hooked good and proper, I am becoming obsessed with all things Amish and cannot wait to go visit Amish country! I really hope they are as wonderful as the books make them out to be.

I am excited to start this new blog and I hope you all enjoy what I have to share with you.

God Bless You!

© Rachel L. Miller 2013