It is the 30th of November 2015 which meant it is the end of this year’s National Novel Writing Month.
It was the first year that I signed up to participate, and I am oh so very proud to announce that I bloody did it! I wrote 50,078 words (this is what I see in Word where I wrote my ‘book’, but copied to the NaNoWriMo word count validation page it came out as 50,168 words for some reason??) in the past 30 days, yes I did (not counting the cc 10,000 words I wrote as the daily blog posts about my progress and some personal posts).
After a hopeful start and a slumping seconds week my writing picked up on the third week, only to be stalled over the last days of the month. Thanks to being a little ahead of the suggested word counts at the beginning of the fourth week, I was able to reach my goal of writing 50,000 words by the 30th of November even though I had four days when I could not write.
When I started this crazy challenge I wanted to write every single day, and I did so, no matter what, until the arrival of unexpected visitors turned my days upside down and I could not sit down to type for any length of time. If anything, this is my biggest regret, as I really wanted to be able to say that I wrote for thirty consecutive days, but alas life happened. In a way I am not overly upset, as I still reached my overall goal, but being able to write every day would have been a pretty nice bonus. Oh well. There’s always next year.
(I can’t believe I just said that!!!)
I guess it might be nice to summarise this last month here, just in numbers:
Day 7, Week 1 word count: 13,387
Day 14, Week 2 word count: 26,178 (+12,791)
Day 21, Week 3 word count: 43,186 (+17,008)
Day 28, Week 4 word count: 46,738 (+3,552)
Day 30, Final word count: 50,078 (+3,340)
Phew. That is some first marathon.
And I guess it might also be nice to reflect on lessons learnt, experiences gained et al.:
- Impossible doesn’t exist.
- I can do something crazy amazing if I set my mind to it.
- Never underestimate the power of the unexpected in derailing the best of plans.
- The feeling of achievement is sweet and rather cosy.
- I can type fast even in a full set of acrylics, as long as my mind is open and I let my ideas flow.
- Word crawls are fun and a real life belt.
- Success does not require an audience. But cheerleaders help a lot.
Oh gosh I sound as nonsensical as I feel at the end of this looong looong month. I’ll finish up now.
But for those wondering about the point in NaNoWriMo and whether it’s really worth it… All I have to say is, you only live once. Yes, you really do. So, why the heck not?