Without further ado and a drum roll, please ... I sprinted to the finish line this past weekend and surpassed the goal with a final word count of 50,812.
This was a rather daunting effort and believe me when I say that I had a tremendous amount of doubt of whether I would finish the remaining 8,000 words to complete NaNoWriMo 2013.
Despite the hurdles this past week, which included an insane amount of overtime at work and a trip to the Emergency Room for my husband, I was able to write those remaining words this past weekend. All the while dealing with some other personal issues that I will not go into here. Suffice it to say, life did get in the way, especially near the finish line.
I have had a day or so to digest what all of this means to me and frankly, it can be summed up in a few bullet points:
- I set out on this journey to determine if a short story author like me had a full length novel within her. I have successfully proven to myself that, yes, I do. And even better than that, I have determined that I have several ideas for novels within me - many of which came to my mind during NaNoWriMo. These ideas have been added to my list of what to write next.
- There are some people who hate NaNoWriMo. At times during the past 25 days, I hated it, too. But, in the end, I absolutely loved where it brought me as a writer and as a goal oriented person who needed it to move forward in life and in writing.
- I have a rough draft of my very first book to show for this effort - to edit over the next few months. That was the result I was looking for and that is the end result I have. No more, no less.
- Thanksgiving has not been cancelled. I know many of you were very concerned about this. So relax, I am going to eat, drink and be merry with friends and family on Thursday.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL OF YOU ! !