I crawled across the finish line at noon on the 30th this year. Last year it was 1pm. So if I continue at this rate, I'll finish a day early in about 12 years. Though that's not really true. I'll win early next year. I could have won early this year if I hadn't been slowed down by my friend. We decided to connect our novels so we had some shared scenes. The problem was that we only got the words we'd actually written in the shared scenes. So a 2000 word scene would only usually get me around 1000. Then there was the issue of pace. She was consistently behind me for the first 20 days or so of the month. So I had to wait for her to catch up so we could do the shared scenes. And while there were some scenes I could write without it, a lot of things were contingent on those shared scenes. Her novel wasn't nearly as well plotted out as mine, so we ended up with a few plot surprises during those scenes. And I had to completely re-plot my climax. So, basically, I did 30,000 words in 10 days and then took another 20 to do the remaining 20,000. I felt ridiculously slow and blah on most days.
But the important thing is that I made it. And I plan to write another 30,000 in December to finish up a different novel that was put on hold for NaNo. I've already decided that one of my New Year's resolutions is to finish five writing projects in the next year. And that's not counting NaNo. And really, five projects is just the tip of my unfinished project iceberg. But NaNo always motivates me to want to finish things. So finish things I will.
Causes Debra Childers Supports
NaNoWriMo, Office of Letters and Light