NaNoWriMo: Winner!!

nano_09_winner_120x240I 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.

Cheers!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!)

27 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo: Winner!!

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  2. Janel

    Congratulations! That is a huge accomplishment and the word count for your last three days is incredible!! Maybe turkey is a word count booster :)

  3. Meghan

    Congratulations! I think you deserved both those glasses of wine, knowing what was coming. =) I’m impressed with how much you can write in three days!

  4. Audrey/brizmus

    YAY you finished! Go you for writing over 14000 words in 3 days. I totally don’t think I could have done it. You rock!
    I’m thinking I’ve got to at least double my word count if I want the thing to be finished. :-( I’ve got a long while left to go, but I’m taking a break!
    .-= Audrey/brizmus´s last blog ..WINNERS and I’m a bad blogger =-.

  5. Belle

    Thank you so much, everyone! The support that I’ve received for my writing has been just so incredible, and I appreciate it so much.

    Now to buckle down and get the first draft of this novel finished …

  6. Kelly

    Congrats, Belle! I find that the NaNo deadline really works for me too.

    And it’s pretty cool to be able to say at parties that you wrote a novel in 30 days. :)
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..New Love =-.


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