Today concludes National Novel Writing Month. This was my first year actually doing it, and I did indeed meet my goal.
I didn't officially sign up on the NaNoWriMo site because I didn't want another login and password to remember, nor another website that I'd have to check in with. As it was, I unsubscribed from a substantial number of RSS feeds to cut down on the amount of time I spent screwing around online.
I did, however, abide by the NaNoWriMo rules:
1) I started a new story from word one, not using any previously written material.
2) I wrote every single day. Sometimes I only made a couple hundred words, but I never skipped.
3) I reached the NaNoWriMo target goal of 50,000 words in the month. In fact, when I stopped typing forty-five minutes ago, I was at 52,515 words.
The story is not complete. I feel like I'm at about the halfway point, or a bit past it. I'll keep going, possibly not at the same exhausting pace, but hopefully at a faster pace than was my habit prior to this month, until I reach the end. It normally takes me three to five years to finish the first draft of a novel, so I feel nothing short of stupefied when I look at how much I've generated in these thirty days.
My perception of what I am capable of has shifted.
It's good to challenge oneself on occasion.
Congratulations also to any of you who tackled NaNoWriMo and met your personal goal.
Corridors of Blood
10 months ago