Friday, December 01, 2006

December 1, 2006: NaNoWriMo - I WON!

Hey, my peoples!

I've resurfaced, after having much of the month of November on lock down, trying to finish my NaNoWriMo novel.

It was hard as all get out, and I'm sick as a dawg (a cold), but I did it. I hit 50,000 words about ten days before the end of the competition. I could've uploaded the novel and gotten credit for having written the 50 grand, but I wanted to finish. I started to get scared, though, that something would happen (just 'cause you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not after you), with computer crashes, cable service outtages, etc. So, on November 27, I uploaded the novel to the National Novel Writing Month website and won with a total of 73,652 words.

I was stoked, but for me the goal was not just to write 50,000, but to finish. Finish, I did on November 29 at 9:07 pm. I was hacking, and sneezing, and unable to breathe properly, but I did it!

I am very pleased with myself ("No shit!" I can hear you say). To finish a novel of that size in a month was just crazy! I was telling my friend, author Karyn Langhorne, who also won the competition, I have no excuse now to not get peddle to the metal and bring all of those ideas that I have to fruition.

My only regret is that I couldn't have fulfilled my promise to blog every day. If I was serious about my promise to eat a bug if I hadn't blogged daily, I guess I'd be having an interesting dinner this evening. But I figured, one challenge at a time. And finishing the novel was the more serious one. I'm off the hook. No mucking stables, or cleaing kitty litter boxes, or dog sitting, or watching small children.

Thank you, Lord! For everything...


Gwyneth Bolton said...

Congrats! I'm glad you finished. You've inspired me to try it, maybe, next year!

Wendy Coakley-Thompson said...

I highly recommend it -- if you're super prepared and a little bit crazy! I finished, but I'm deathly ill, and my house looks like someone threw a granade in and shut the door! But I think I do have something that I can polish for publication. So, if that's what you want, Miss Gwyneth -- have at it! :-)