Unfortunately, I didn't finish the novel I've been working on this month, but I did meet my word goal. That's a huge step in the right direction, and I am so glad that I've spent this time working on it. It's given me something to focus on when a lot of other things have felt so chaotic.
It's also given me a writing project to work on, and forced me not to be so picky, and I'm also grateful for that. At this point, I feel like I'm a little over halfway through the novel story-wise, so I have a lot more to go. I'm excited to keep writing, and pehraps one day, go back and revise it. I liked the concept when I started writing it, but here, at the end of the month, I love the story far more than I thought I would. So I would like to do it justice, and I already know that there's a lot to be tightened down and cleaned up.
But, I'm starting to realize that this may just be my writing process. Maybe I need to thoroughly brainstorm, write a messy draft just to get everything out there, and then go back and clean everything up. Maybe it's okay not to have a pretty first draft like we would all like.
Perhaps that's the lesson of this year's NaNoWriMo - that it's okay to just get it all out there, that there's beauty in finding unexpected joys along the way.
For now, NaNoWriMo 2014, over and out.