But for everyone who participated this year, I say to you, congratulations! Even if you don't hit the 50,000 word mark, you can be proud of everything you've accomplished. Trying to fit time in to write around your busy schedules isn't easy, and there have been several things you've had to do without (like sleep) to get that 1,667 a day word count in.
This was my first year participating, and I'm happy to say I finished on the 28th, sliding across the finish line with a total word count of 50,161. I've had my ups and downs, and there have been times where I've wanted to throw my computer across the room.
Thankfully, I didn't.
I know that I'll spend way more time preparing for next year. I ended up scrapping my hastily thrown together outline within the first week, mostly because my characters were starting to mutiny against me. They've fought me every step of the way, and have (unfortunately) spent more time in the hospital than I'd planned because of it.
I've heard that the second week is the hardest, and I have to agree. Once you get your initial ideas written, you end up going, "Now what? Where am I supposed to go now?" For me, that's usually when the fight scenes got added.
When in doubt, beat someone up.
I can say with all sincerity I'm so glad it's over, and I can finally start getting to sleep before 2am. Will I do it next year? Absolutely. But for now, I don't plan on writing anything longer than a review for the next week or two.
At the beginning of the month, we mentioned a contest for anyone who participated in this year's NaNo Challenge. A quick recap:
We're going to give away 5 gift baskets to the first five people who send in proof that they participated. We're not looking for strictly winners, but anyone who tried (and wrote more than 5 words).
To be eligible, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with
- A link to your NaNoWriMo site page. Mine is http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/699884. (To access, on your main page where it shows your total, just copy and paste the address on the top.)
- Your total word count, effective midnight on November 30th.
This contest will run until we hit five confirmed winners. Once we hit five winners, we'll post something telling everyone the contest is closed, along with the winner's names (or screen names).