My first NaNoWriMo comes to a close today. I feel like I should have some kind of an article to commemorate the experience – the long hours of staring at the same sentence, the sleepless nights, the writer’s block. Come to think of it – I do. I have a great start to an exciting novel. Notice I said start.
I didn’t make the 50k word count (my official count as of this writing is 18,658) but it was never about that for me. It was about getting a headstart on a novel that I was planning on writing next year. I got further than I planned and I’ve learned a lot along the way. I also like to think that I encouraged one particular individual (who may have had no idea of my brilliant plan all along – GO QLOU!!) to move forward on a novel.
My actual goal has always been to finish writing my novel by December 31, 2008. That will happen – God willing. To make the experience more interesting (and so I don’t slack off), I’m not shaving until I finish writing it. Why? Because I’ve alway been a little special like that.