Yes, I finished successfully. 50,000 words, and I did it in 29 days. Still can’t believe it myself. It’s rough and it’s ugly, and I’m not really sure that it’ll ever see the light of day, even though I’ve had a couple of requests to read it, but I got the words out of my head and into the computer. 50, 016 words in all. There are a few sentences in there that I really like, but a lot of it is just words. The characters developed a mind of their own, which proved to be a good thing since they drove the story further than I would have been able to on my own. All in all, I’m proud of the effort.
So, what’s the point you might ask. There’s no real reward. You can download the picture you see above, and there’s a certificate you can print out, and swag like t-shirts and stickers that you can buy. But what do you really get out of NaNoWriMo? Well, other than the pride of being able to say you did it. I actually know two people who have published multiple books that started with NaNo ideas. I don’t know if mine will go that far, but that’s ok. I do hope that I will carry this writing bug forward to finish a couple of articles that I’ve been wanting to submit to magazines for a couple of years now, articles that have languished on the computer while I’ve dithered about doing other things.
And it’s amazing how being creative in one way feeds your creativity. I’ve designed and knit 4 pairs of socks and started another pair last night. I’ve finished one lace shawl and started another (ripped the second one out after 100 rows because the idea in my head wasn’t working the way I wanted. I’m up to row 70 again and the new design is working great. Pics to come when they are blocked). I’m through the first repeat on the fair isle sweater. I’ve posted here. Doing NaNo didn’t stifle me at all. It didn’t take all my words or all my creativity. That kind of surprised me. I was able to take time off from writing during the month. Spent time with friends and family, went to the movies a few times and watched a lot of Netflix, shopped as much as my back and budget would allow. I had a fairly good month (if you ignore the pain), and I got through it.
The only thing I didn’t do during the month was read any books, and I’m off to rectify that now. The new Stephen King has been sitting on the table next to my chair for the last couple of weeks, and starting it is my reward. Tune in soon for news on a giveaway…