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NaNo: Day the Twenty-Ninth

I did it. I'm done. I wrote 50,206 original words in twenty-nine days for National Novel Writing Month. Whew! When I began this journey I really wasn't sure I could do it - not with everything going on in November. And this last week? I was about ready to let my 44k stand and be done with it. But here I am. I pushed myself to 50k and I've learned a lot about myself as a person and a writer.

So what now? I guess there's a small chance I'll add to my 50k total by tomorrow night, but it's a pretty slim chance with it being the weekend and all. I'm feeling creatively spent at the moment. December is probably going to be a pretty low-key month for me too. I'm roughly four weeks shy of having this baby and generally just exhausted. I definitely plan to keep writing and doing Wednesday's Words. I don't want to lose the awesome drive that I discovered doing NaNo, but I'm not planning on challenging myself with large word count goals or anything of that sort.

I know I've said it before, but I hope everyone who took part in NaNo was able to draw something positive from it, and if you're still racing to that 50k finish line tomorrow, I wish you speedy fingers and the best of luck!


Jill Wheeler said...

Woohoo! Congratulations!!

PJ Hoover said...

I'm so happy for you! Congratulations on reaching such a great goal!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! I really admire everyone who took the Nano challenge and stuck with it all the way through. Good for you!

Sheri Perl-Oshins said...

Well, crack open the champagne! (or sparkling cider - I didn't know you were pregnant! Congratulations on that too!!)

That is awesome news, I knew you'd do it! You were like a word piranha from the getgo.

So at your final word count are you at your story's end?

Casey Something said...

Thanks everyone! I know I could have pushed myself and written more (if you compare how much I wrote in the first two weeks to the second two it's obvious) but I'm really pleased with finishing the 50k on time!

Sheri: I reached "the end" of the novel but it has HUGE holes. It's a total disaster.

I hate to say this, but I'm shelving it. For now at least. I'm going to try my hand at a MG novel again. I think I enjoy it more!

Rhonda Helms said...

WONDERFUL! Congrats to you--go celebrate!! Even if you decide to shelve it, you can always come back to it...and you really do learn from each book.

Good luck on your new WIP!!

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

As I see it - you are giving birth twice this month - once to 50,000 words and another to a miracle. Congrads on both!

Stephanie J said...

I am late, late, late on this but..

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS! You're such an inspiration!! I know you're shelving it for now but I can't wait to see what might come of it in the future. :)