Clocking in at 50,084 words, I am very happy to say that I ‘won’ NaNoWriMo this year. Woohoo! This is only the second time I’ve won, so I am very, very happy to be typing it now.
If you check out my stats page, you’ll see that I got around 14k behind – and stayed there – for a big chunk of the month. It just goes to show that you don’t give up. I had to finish up with classes and took a small holiday with my husband, and I still managed.
That is, of course, due to a very helpful husband and friends who understand that I just disappear sometimes.
I’ve tried NaNo many years and have failed many years, but I never regret participating. There is something about forcing the inner critic aside in order to let the words flow that is so useful to all writers. I have a friend who participated for the first time this year, and she said, “I don’t really care if I don’t get to 50,000 because I’ve already written more this month than I have all year.”
I’m so proud of her. She reached 20k and got a massive start on what sounds like an excellent novel idea. And that’s the point, really. Get that start. Dig in. Kick the critic out of your head.
My project is far from done, as Dark Echoes will easily reach 80k words. I don’t think it will be as long as Fading Echoes, but who knows…
Congratulations to everyone who participated in NaNoWriMo. Well done!