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Sunday, November 30, 2014

NaNoWriMo is OVER!!

After a chaotic month of NaNoWriMo -- writing 50,000 words in thirty days -- I'm vastly relieved to acknowledge it's OVER.

Yesterday I finished my daily word count of approximately 1667 words, took a total word count of what I'd written so far, and was pleased to note I was only about 800 words short of my 50,000 goal.

So early this morning (it's 6:14 am as I type this), I hammered through those last few words.

Nice to see the graph full-up!

Next step: validating my word count on the NaNoWriMo website. Winner!

This apparently qualifies me as a "brave authorial knight, slaying the 50K dragon."

Younger Daughter will cross the finish line later today. In this endeavor, we join hundreds of thousands of other wordcrafters from around the world who have slayed those 50,000 word dragons.

NaNoWriMo is always a fun, nutty, work-intensive month, but I must say it was like pulling teeth this year. I'm never happy with what I write, but I suppose it's there if I ever want to harvest anything from it. At the moment, though, I'm just so, so, so GLAD it's over.

Meanwhile, I'm off to address some long-neglected chores: two articles, an editing project, a large number of new ebooklets I'm pulling together, not to mention all the farm-related chores associated with increasingly iffy weather.

So -- any other winners out there?


  1. Great job!! I was wondering, with your other writing commitments, how many words do you normally strive for each week? I can't seem to stay committed for longer than a week each November.

    1. I try for the minimum daily count of 1667, even if it's schlock. That way I'm not overwhelmed trying to make up for lost word count.

      - Patrice

  2. Congrats!! Nothing like practice to hone a skill. Keep up the good work.

  3. They all should be toasting with Don's steins.

  4. I am currently procrastinating on my last daily push. Thanks for the reminder, as I do need to finish in time to compile from Scrivener and validate, which I am not sure how to do.
    Thanks for the reminder.
    As they say, being a great writer is 3% writing and 97% not being distracted by the Internet.

  5. My kiddos finished their stories also! My oldest (9 yo) wrote a story called Adventures of the Space Galaxy and my middle child (8 yo) wrote a story called Life on a Farm. Both are excellent, if I do say so myself!

  6. Excuse or not, I just couldn't keep up. It took me, on average, three hours to write that many daily words (1667). I wish I had that kind of time... it wasn't too bad of an experience. Maybe another time.