Another November has come and gone, and I wrote 50,000 words on a new novel. I took the challenge and I won. That’s the beauty of National Novel Writer’s Month, you compete against yourself.
I didn’t write 50,000 good words. Or 50,000 words that will definitely end up in the final novel. I turned off my ‘inner editor’ and just cranked them out. I wasn’t sure that I could. We left Dubai on the 17th of November and were on the road until after the 30th.
Because I knew we’d be traveling, I set a pretty ambitious writing schedule. When I left on the 17th, I had over 45,000 words written. Once again, not necessarily keepers, but words on a page.
I really like the feeling of adding that last word count update online. I didn’t dance around screaming, “I won, I won!” But I did give it some thought.
I will complete this novel. I will work through it, improving the weak spots and marveling at the stuff that flew out my fingertips in a mad writing dash. It’s an accomplishment that I will celebrate and a work in progress that I will polish and expand.
But for today, this is my mantra: I won NaNoWriMo!