I DID IT!!!


I WON NANOWRIMO!!!

*applause*

Here's the deets:


I finished my novel with a final word count of 63,215, way above and beyond the goal of 50,000! Huzzah!

I accomplished this spectacular feat on Wednesday, November 27. I took the day off from writing yesterday since it was Thanksgiving, but today, the editing and revision will officially begin.

And as you may have noticed, I am not currently doing that.

Nope. I'm online, updating my blog after I've already wasted a couple of hours Facebook creeping and scrolling through page after page of pins on Pinterest. I know. I'm totally procrastinating. I'm scared to read what I've written. Since I haven't allowed myself to look back and read anything, I'm pretty certain it's 63,215 words of pure crap.

Buuuut I have to hope that there's some decent, usable stuff in those 215+ pages. Surely there's something I can work with.

But you know what? Even if there isn't, at least I have spent the past month strengthening my writing muscle. It's been a long time since I've put this much of myself into a story, and I know the experience has helped me grow as a writer. So no matter what, I'm proud of myself for doing this. For proving to myself that I can accomplish my goals if I only have the courage to try.

Alright. I'm off to sift the wreckage.

NaNoWriMo Update: The Halfway Mark


Today is November 15. 15 days down, 15 days to go.

So, up there is the latest screen shot from my author log-in portal on NaNoWriMo.org. The site provides this super nice stat-tracker. You can see how if you update each day, it calculates your daily word count average, your projected finish date if you continue at your current pace, how many words you have to go, etc.. Some really cool stuff. I'm particularly fond of the graph and its upward trend.

Also, I'm loving that blue bar on the upper right side that shows the overall progress. Each day, that rectangular bubble fills up a little more. And look! I'm getting so close! I'm just finishing up for the day and my current count is 39,025.

(Yes, I'm T. Whittsen on there. And yes, I know I'm totally lame for pulling out the ol' pen name again. But whatever.)

Alrighty, so the number one rule that's gotten me this far? No re-reading. No looking back. No revision. None. I know that if I do that, I will only find mistakes and plot holes and cheesy dialogue and, well, just plain crappy writing in general. I'll get discouraged, click 'select all', punch the delete key, hate myself, and go check the Geek tab on Pinterest.

So yeah. No re-reading. I keep reminding myself there's a reason it's called a rough draft. There will be time to revise and edit and rewrite later. But in order to do that, you have to have something to work with. I read a quote the other day that went something like this:
"If I'm going to clean something, I have to make a mess first."
Doesn't that make so much sense?!? This was the quote of the day on the NaNo calendar for yesterday, and I'm making it my motto for the rest of the month:
"Don't get it right, just get it written."
- James Thurber