That’s right. I did it. At eleven this morning I validated my word count and officially won my very first National Novel Writing Month ever. I actually wish someone would ask me what I did this November just so I can say, “I wrote a novel. What did you do?” It feels great. Thanks for all of you who’ve been cheering me on. You all had a part in helping me get this far.
Of course there’s still a load of work to be done. I have at least 30 000 words left to write on the first draft and then the big job of editing and rewriting lies ahead which will probably keep me busy for most of next year, but it feels incredibly good to have gotten this far already. I feel even better knowing I came back from being almost 9 000 words behind at one point.
And I’m not done writing yet for today. My adopted region for NaNo, Pretoria, South Africa, has a word war going on with a bunch of Wrimos in Brantford-Norfolk, Canada, and they will still have several hours to catch up on our lead once NaNo stops for us at midnight, so I’m doing my part to ensure we’re so far ahead they can’t make beat us no matter how hard they try.
But right now I’m taking a break. I’ll spend a couple of hours in a semi-vegetative state eating some biltong and then get back to it. Tomorrow’s plan is to write absolutely nothing, though I might not be able to stick to it – I’m getting so used to writing every day now that I don’t think it will feel right not doing it. I’ll miss not being able to continue updating my word count and see the graph grow, though. (If any of you perhaps know of an online app/page that can do that, please let me know.)
And I promise this coming week I’ll start blogging more consistently again. Monday will see a brand new Song Title Challenge, I’ll reflect a little on my experience of NaNoWriMo and I’ll attempt a review of Scrivener (which I can now buy at half-price thanks to winning NaNoWriMo). Oh, and something about Christmas.
To those of you who are perhaps still struggling to reach the finish line, write on. I’ve heard of people writing 10 000 words on the last day in the past, so it is possible. And even if you don’t make it, you’ve still have written more than you would have if you hadn’t. (That makes sense. Just read it again 😉 )