I did it! I won NaNoWriMo this year!
According to the word validator, my official final word count is 51,070 words. But that includes my chapter titles, and according to my writing software, my real word count is 50,774 words.
I really wanted to do this – I felt such determination on Saturday when I woke up and realized there were only three days left in the month, and I had to write 13,413 words by midnight tonight.
As it turns out, I managed to write 14,187 words, and it’s not midnight yet! (Although I won’t be getting back to my novel today, because I still have that work deadline to complete …)
I must say, this type of deadline really seems to work for me. Not only did the deadline itself motivate me to write, but the chapters I wrote between Saturday and today flowed well and really moved the story forward.
A death also turned into a spooky murder, which I’m eager to find out more about!
Here’s my NaNoWriMo profile page, with that nice little “Winner!” banner.
Of course, there’s still more to go. For this first draft of Waverley’s Word Shoppe, I’m aiming for about 70K words, which I will then edit down to between 50K-60K. I’d like finish this first draft over the next two weeks (which doesn’t seem impossible at all, now that I know I’m capable of writing 14,000 words over three days!).
In the meantime, cheers!
(My husband took this picture of me on Saturday, at the Dojo holiday party – and no, I don’t normally wander around with TWO drinks in hand. What can I say? It was a fun night!)