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Finished NaNoWriMo!

This afternoon, on the train home, I finally finished NaNoWriMo with 50,215 words in the proverbial bank. I can’t say doing this has been easy, especially with everything that’s been going on in my life, and the novel is not quite complete, but I feel like I’ve made a breakthrough – I set myself a tough, but achievable goal and delivered with a bit of time to spare.

This month, I have learned that while it is certainly possible to write a novel on your phone, I wouldn’t recommend it. My sore thumb joints are starting to make me worry that I’ve inflicted a texting-induced repetitive strain injury, so much so that I’ve changed my entire texting posture and technique. As a man who has played a lot of video games, this is a first and a concerning development.

I also have to be thankful that I live in the age of smartphones. I wrote this novel on what is essentially a handheld computer that I carry in my pocket. This computer then automatically uploads my work to a cloud-based storage service that I can access from any number of other devices where I can resume my work seamlessly wherever I happen to be. I’m not certain this would have been possible five years ago. Ten is completely out of the question.

A generation ago, writing was the preserve of people with lots of time on their hands, people who hung out in coffee shops and bars, with a typewriter banging out what they were sure would be a hit. The rest of us, those who couldn’t afford to not go to work, nor be bothered with the hassle of carrying a typewriter everywhere or had the demands of life constantly on our cases? We were out. Writing wasn’t for us.

Thank you, technology. Thank you so much.

I also need to be thankful to my beautiful wife, whose indulgence in my hobby made it possible, and my very cute infant son, who provided the inspiration I needed to even begin such a colossal project. They are the reason I even get up and get myself dressed in the morning.

To those of you attempting NaNoWriMo, or perhaps failing at it, I say don’t give up. Whether or not you finish the challenge isn’t the point. It’s about getting out there and starting something amazing, even if you and your loved ones are the only people who ever read it.

If you want to get better at writing, the only way to do that is through practice, learning what works and what doesn’t. Writing something big, complex and too big to succeed? Think of it as a learning ground. Don’t be afraid of mistakes. Some of the best stuff I’ve ever written felt like garbage at the time.

Next week, we’ll (hopefully) resume our regular programming. Please look forward to it.

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