Well, NaNoWriMo, 2011 is over. I survived. I wrote a 70,000+ word YA novel in 28 days, as well as grew as a writer. All in all, I would call it a fantastic victory!
Today, my new NaNo friend GR Liz mentioned something to me that I never thought about. She said, “I also still love that your word for the year (written) was used so heavily in your novel. Really cool parallel!”
One Word, which is a project my sister, Alece Ronzino, started, is something I haven’t forgotten. My One Word for 2011 is: “Written“. You can click on the link to see why I chose “written” as my One Word, but it means a lot to me.
It was nice to see that someone else recognized it when I didn’t. The title of my NaNo project this year is Written in Silence, and the word “written” is in the novel a lot. The fact the the seconday protagonist, Michael, communicates through writing is a major point in the story. I guess, without even meaning to, I wrote Michael to be a lot like me. I talk, unlike him, but I also like to communicate through written word. That’s one reason why I love to write, it’s how I like to express myself.
This whole year was about getting my novel (not my NaNo novel, the other one that I want to get published), ready to be looked at by agents and editors. I took a month off from that to do NaNoWriMo and write Written in Silence, but in a way, that year long goal was grafted into the idea of the story I wrote this year; in a way, my One Word never left me!
Thank you everyone for following my journey through this year’s National Novel Writing Month. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have.
Until my next blog post,
Andrew Ronzino, an Author
P.S. I took a victory ride in the carousel at the mall with the other Wrimos at our write-in today. It was awesome, and very childish at the same time. The mall Santa was waving at us as we did so. It was a great moment! Shout out to all my Wrimos!