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…)


61 thoughts on “Wahoo

  1. Okay is an understatement, Tony. Congratulations on your outstanding amount of words.

    And thank you for the encouragement.

  2. Congratulations! While I’ve never written 120,000 words in a month (50k is my best), I know the feeling of being inspired to write and loving what I’ve written (until I’ve started editing, that is).

    1. Thank you. Yeah, I’m pretty much just riding on the excitement of finishing rather than knowing I did it well, but editing is for December, right? I can’t wait to get my hands into this story again, actually.

  3. First off, Liam used a gif? What madness is this? Second, and more importantly, congratulations! Writing that many words is quite the accomplishment. And it’s making me feel bad about having trouble reaching 50k…

    Hope you find your fingers.

    1. Excellent. Soon the world will be full of my minions as bookstores sell out of my bestselling novel…

      Or maybe just agents will get past the first three chapters first. Yeah, that’s a good goal for now.

  4. Wow. 120,000 in a month? I don’t think I’ll ever be able to do that (an almost 2 year old kid is harassing me at this very moment with a toy car and smurf).


    1. 2 year old children are great, but only when you’re not writing. I can’t imagine writing with any real responsibilities, and I don’t think it would be that many words.

      Thank you!

  5. Who iz dat?! Seriously, I have no idea. :-S
    Wish me lots of luck… I still have 17k or so to go… *head keyboard* Okay, I can do this. All I need to do is write 6k a day, and I’ll be there and over the limits. I can do this. Focus, Kenobi.

      1. Thank you. I’ve got a few alpha readers at the moment, however, and I think I’m fine with them. If you know what you’re best at critiquing, however, I’ll definitely consider you for beta reader.

      2. Dialogue and character interactions. Those are my forte. Other than that, descriptions (not as good as dialogue) and editing. (Yeah right, like there would be any typos. ;-P) I’m a grammar Nazi. That’s about it.

  6. You have my sincere congratulations and admiration, Head Phil. And encouragement coming from someone with 120k in a month is by no means less appreciated.

    Here are your fingers. *raises and eyebrow and bows*

      1. I’m sure you were. I shall be missing mine after I finish on Saturday, especially because I’m due like…an hour and a half of violin practice, and I have sewing to do.

  7. Congratulations! *applauds* I’d never be able to write 120,000 words in a month.

    Good luck with the editing! And congratulations again! 😀

  8. Ah, I love that GIF….

    Anyway, congratulations (again)! Maybe I can beat you next year….. No, never mind. There’s no way I could do it next year, especially since my brother will be two this time next year. Oh man. That’s terrifying…

      1. Definitely. I managed to find an idea and I have characters, but still no idea for a plot. I’m hoping that by the time November rolls around, I’ll have something really, really good.

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