Guess what? I won.
NaNoWriMo, I mean. I won. The standard goal is fifty thousand words, while the goal I set for myself was originally a hundred thousand words. However, the mathematics of the three act formula dictated a book of one hundred and twenty thousand words, so that became my unspoken goal– and I passed it. I passed it all. At 120,201 words, I finished on this very night, November 27th of 2013. What an amazing month it was.
And what an amazing story. I loved this novel so much as I wrote it, no matter the mistakes and weirdness that lay therein. It is by far the longest novel I’ve written, and it is my fourth complete novel– that’s a lot of both words and novels. Not only that, but this is an important landmark for me– when I touch it up a little bit and work on it, I’m probably going to start querying with this one. And whoever rejects this thing is missing out.
The only problem with writing so many words lies in congratulating or encouraging those who won or are still working toward smaller goals. It’s really difficult to give sincere congratulations when you’re sitting there with a block of words the size of Texas. So here you go, all you guys: you’re awesome and your words are probably much better than mine. And to those who haven’t finished yet, good luck– you’ll definitely make it. And again, if anyone needs extra help finishing this month, the chatroom will be open and running as long as people are there to populate it. I might be finished writing, but you can still pop in to get a word war with some of the other participants, or just some healthy encouragement.
My optimism is undying at this point. Even if Thanksgiving weren’t tomorrow, I would still be thankful– this was an amazing month for me, and I loved writing this story. Thanks to everyone who let me write it, or helped me write it, or didn’t talk to me and thus gave me unobstructed writing time. You guys are all awesome, and I shall surely return the favor in the future.
Live long, prosper, and help me pick up my fingers. They seem to have fallen off from fatigue.
(And just for fun…)