I did it! I made it to the 50,000 word mark and can officially declare myself a NaNoWriMo WINNER! I cannot explain how exciting and unfathomable this is to me. If you had asked me in October if I would reach the NaNo goal, I would have given you a solid maybe and a shaky yes. If you had asked me if I would reach the NaNo goal eleven days early, I probably would have laughed at you.
Of course, I still have a long way to go. My manuscript is no where near complete. I’m guessing that I have another 20,000 words or so to finish my first draft. However, I have a solid road map of where my plot is going; I just have to put in some more hours and get it there.
I am not sure if I want to verify my word count when winning “begins” on Day 20, or if I want to wait and see if I can finish the novel and verify it upon its (hopefully) true completion at the end of the month. Advice would be fantastic and appreciated.
For now, though, I’m going to go celebrate!
Today’s Word Count: 4,399
Total Word Count: 50,113
Estimated Writing Time: 2.75 hours
Feeling: On top of the world
Motivation: Once I put in my self-imposed 2,500 words today, I saw how close I was to 50,000, and I got too excited to stop writing. I will admit, I checked my word count obsessively for the last 500 words of my writing session, but being so close to my goal was too irresistible, and I had to get there.
Inspiration: My protagonist has grown a lot, and she is finally become the strong woman I always knew she would be. This makes her the driving force behind my writing, my muse I suppose you could say, and I love sitting down with her every day.
Biggest Triumph: Winning NaNoWriMo!
Biggest Setback: Once I neared the 50,000 word mark, my writing slowed down substantially. I couldn’t help but keep checking my total word count. Do yourselves a favor and don’t get as caught up in it as I did. This is a definite “do as I say and not as I do” moment.
Helpful Insights: You can do this. You can reach 50,000 words, and you can write a complete novel. You simply have to figure out what works for you. My mantra is life is probably unhealthy, but I tend to be an “all or nothing” type of person. Either I commit to something entirely or do not put a speck of work into it. For many years, the latter was true of my writing career. However, when I committed to NaNoWriMo and decided that reaching 50,000 words was inevitable, I did it with relative ease.
Regardless of your personality type, that is the lesson here. If you decide you can do something and truly believe in yourself and the act, you will find a way to make it happen. It may be exhausting and scary and difficult, but you will do it. Just keep believing in yourself and keep pushing onward!