Reaching the NaNoWriMo Summit

DSC_3326Something very unexpected has happened during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  It started last week, when in the throes of illness I dragged myself to my keyboard and lived vicariously through my characters.  My word count climbed, perhaps not as vigorously as earlier in the month, but nevertheless it climbed, until on November 20th, gasping for breath and begging me to take a break, it hefted itself over the 50,000 word mark.DragonExhausted and humbled, I stood at the summit and looked at what I had achieved.

And then it happened.
It wasn't enough.
I wanted more. I wanted to finish this story.
I have to finish this story.
I owe it to my characters
to let them find closure and of course,
being the optimist I am,
happiness.

I kept writing, and writing, and writing. Today with 60,735 words on the page (10,950 of which I already know I am going to cut), I am two-thirds done with the story. I have every intention of finishing my first novel in December. And I’m actually looking forward to working on the second draft. Can’t wait really. Luckily I get a little over a week off during the holidays.

Maybe we’ll have a tree this year. Maybe not. We’ll see.

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About Barbara Rath

Enjoy reading, writing, hiking, hangin' with family, friends and my dogs, watching soccer (Go Breakers), baseball, football. Favorite foods are coffee, chocolate, and artichokes. Always thinking of new stuff to do and then not doing it.
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5 Responses to Reaching the NaNoWriMo Summit

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  2. Pamela Kelly says:

    Since I am not in this “race”, I am content to cheer from the sidelines, so–Yay! I know a milestone when I see one, and I am also aware of how important these victories are to the process. So happy to be able to follow your progress and delight in your joy! You rock.

  3. Congratulations on hitting 50,000 words early! I’ve won already, too, but like you, I’ve still got quite a bit of writing until my first draft is finished. But I agree, the prospect of finishing the story and doing the second draft revisions seem so much more rewarding and fun than NaNo itself. Good luck!

    • Barbara Rath says:

      Congratulations to you too. A friend talked me into doing NaNoWriMo during the last week of October. I will be forever grateful. I look forward to hearing about your progress!

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