I wrote 50,000 words in 23 days to win NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month.
I happy danced and then cried a little when the NaNoWriMo Team sent a YouTube Video with their congratulations.
Every day in November, I woke up and felt driven. Writing in the morning worked the best for me, but oftentimes I started up again around four O’clockish. I had to make time for it no matter what was going on. Yesterday, I was less than 2000 words away from my 50,000 word goal, but I went skiing with my husband, Danny, our niece and her boyfriend.
I wrote on the way down the mountain, (in my car, of course, and no, I wasn’t driving), but I was 800 words shy of the 50,000 word total when we rolled up in Boulder. After writing an average of 2179 words per day, it killed me to be so close, but I had to go to sleep.
After cranking out a rough draft and working my hiney off every day in November, what will it feel like tomorrow?
I could have NaNoWriMo Withdrawal!
Beware of these symptoms:
- A strong desire to update word counts.
Treatment: Compile Tweets, Facebook updates, and blog posts and then paste them into Word documents to keep from getting the shakes.
- Nervous ticks like checking out your writing buddies’ word count every fifteen minutes.
Treatment: Keep cheering them on even though you miss the competition and are tempted to start another book.
- Obsessive thoughts of wallpapering your bedroom with NaNoWriMo Winner Web Badges.
Treatment: Since you are fascinated with the swirly decorative winner logo, use it as inspiration for a smaller scale art project. If you don’t snap out of it, you’ll be doing all kinds of art projects, at the asylum.
- Habitually clicking around your NaNoWriMo site to see your unchanging stats and purple winner ribbon all hours of the day and night.
Treatment: Step away from your computer! Get out of your house NOW! GET A LIFE!
What will I do?
I plan to shovel the dust bunnies off the wood floors and then wash twenty-five loads of dirty clothes. After hosing down the house, I’ll fill my empty refrigerator. Okay. I’m addicted. I’ll make notes for my third book in the series. Even new habits die hard.
Would you consider participating in NaNoWriMo?