NaNoWriMo: I WON!!!

So if you’ve been reading along, you know that on Thursday, November 24, I re-decided to win NaNoWriMo. And when I posted my re-decision on November 26, I had to write 25,000 words (half of the monthly total) in 5 days.

Now to prove my ineptitude at keeping to a daily schedule I’ve posted my word count chart from NaNoWriMo below.  As you can see the last few days were interesting – the orange lines being what I actually wrote and the blue what I should have written.

word count chart

And thanks to my love affair with twitter, I can give you a record of how those last few days went.

November 25th (3,742 words)

A normal ordinary day, with a lot of writing involved.

  • – 1380 words in 30 minutes. Now I need to get food before my lunch break is over. Only 3480 more words to meet today’s goal – sigh
  • – I wrote 779 in 21 minutes. Gotta pick it up. Still have 2000 words to go today.
  • – Today I broke the 25K mark on my #nanowrimo novel. Only half a novel left to write… in 5 days. Head-Desk-Smack (8:09 pm)

November 26th (2,007 words)

I’d made the commitment. 5,000 words a day. I could so do that. Right?

But that night I had problems with a scene, not the scene I was writing of course but a scene that was coming up and it was distracting me. I couldn’t figure out who to kill. So I turned to twitter and people actually responded – lots of people:

  • – #nanowrimo ‘s help me chose which minor character to kill off -either will change the whole story. A) rebel leader or B) rebel leaders wife?
  • – Thanks 4 the votes. I guess I’m killing the Rebel leader. The wife gets surprise revenge

But in the end, I didn’t write that scene. I got close but I just couldn’t finish.

  • – Goodnight all. Alas it was only a #2kday My wordcount will be better tomorrow. (9:27 pm)

November 27th (3,027)

Ah, Fridays. Normally a relaxing day at the office. A good day for writing, yes. No. Not this Friday. But I still got a good word count going:

  • – I wrote 2701 words in 63 minutes with Write or Die. Up to 3067 for today and broke 30K total.

And I finally wrote that scene where I had to kill off a character and it looks like I didn’t need to poll the audience:

  • – Who knew? I got 2 the scene & both the rebel leader & his wife got killed 🙂

Then a shocking revelation about my plot, or lack there of:

  • – I have maybe 2k words before I officially have no more plot. And I still have 20k words left to write. I guess I’ll be winging it

November 28th (gave up – 0 words)

Yeah, I didn’t write on Saturday. The fact that I was missing a whole section of plot didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to write. I had it all planned out. But something about walking into the office felt hopeless, pointless. It wasn’t until we went out to a birthday party for a friend that I remembered that I write because I love to tell stories and that was more important that a silly word count goal (normally).

But regardless it re-inspired me to write on Sunday.

November 29th (5,690 words)

And write I did, but still wasn’t enough.

  • – 20k… 2 days… Can I call in sick to work tomorrow?

I didn’t, just in case you were wondering. And at the end of the day I felt like giving up once again.

  • – I just had a #5kday. #NaNoWriMo total at 36229. Close but I’m not going to make 50k, maybe 40k by tomorrow. Oh well, I tried.

November 30th (13,843 words)

Yet, for some reason when I got up on the morning of November 30th, I felt like I could do it. I didn’t look at the number of words I had to write I just started writing. And kept going.

It started with a hand written section of over 1,000 words written during a seminar (and surprisingly I was still able to listen to what the guy was saying – ok more like kind of):

  • – #NANOWRIMO update: 37,256 words. Written 1,067 so far. Now for lunch hour to bring me closer. (11:30 am)

And my lunch hour was very productive, as was my afternoon break:

  • – Just wrote 2000 words in 48 minutes. New #nanowrimo total after lunch is 39,256 words. Almost at 40K. W00T! (12:56 pm)
  • – I wrote 1178 in 28 minutes. New #nanowrimo total at 40,434. Only 9,566 words left to write in 8.5 hours. This might actually be doable. (3:30 pm)

Then I went home, tried to fix my Internet, gave up and let D do it, made supper, and then sat down for 5 hours to write. I’ll let the tweets do the talking:

  • – Only 6341 more words needed to hit 50k. I’ve already written 7430. 4 hours left. Fingers crossed (8:10 pm)nano_09_winner_100x100
  • – 3777 words left. 2 and half hours left to go.  (9:31 pm)
  • – 1311 words left. A little over an hour to go. Still can’t believe I’ve written 12,460 words so far today.  (10:40 pm)
  • – I DID IT! I wrote 13,843 today alone & finished w 50,067 words total. Done & validated with 30 minutes to spare. Now 2 bed. (11:37 pm)

It’s been a roller coaster of a ride, but the funny thing was I didn’t expect to be as happy as I was. At 11:30pm I validated my novel and when I saw that purple bar with the word “Winner” I did a little happy dance.

winner screen shot

Now this novel isn’t finished yet. I have 2 or 3 chapters left before this draft is done (and rewriting this one is going to be awful because I turned off the spell checker – yuck). But I almost have two novels written. Two novels in one year (if we ignore the fact that the other one took me 1.5 years to finish).

I’m thrilled that this is over but I have a lot of chores to do around the house to make it up to D for being so supportive of my crazy writing month. I’m very glad that in the end I didn’t get left behind.

So… Who’s up for next year?

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3 Responses to NaNoWriMo: I WON!!!

  1. maramyfriend December 1, 2009 at 6:07 pm #

    Wow, excellent, you made it. I knew you could do it. I am proud of you and you should be proud of you too.
    I can't wait to read Riot Girl.

  2. Malcolm Johnston December 22, 2009 at 2:03 pm #

    A little late to post on this, but congratulations on your persistence. It can be quite the task to write steadily. I would imagine you'd have to constantly wrestle with your internal editor to keep a pace like that going. Good for you, I admire that.

  3. One Pushy Fox December 31, 2009 at 12:43 pm #

    Wow! What an amazing way to finish NaNo!!!!

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