Song of the Day: Glorious, by Muse
Word Count 80,052 (Validated and Final!)
Just absolutely amazing.
My goal was 75,000. I thought I wouldn’t have time.
After spending 6 hours on the road, trying to find gas and some food, I came home and decided to take my rage out on writing.
However, being exhausted from the heat, I wasn’t at 100%. But I powered through the final phase. At this point I was writing mini chapters of chapters. I couldn’t do walls of text anymore.
Here’s a final look at the word count chart.
So when I first started Camp NaNoWriMo I had a moderate start. I figured I was going to hit 50,000 for sure, but not 60,000.
Day 9 was big, as I crossed the halfway mark of 50,000. Here I began wondering if I could really hit 60,000.
Day 20 I began thinking of ways to celebrate my word count goals. However, at this point I really didn’t have a reward in mind. All I want is to get this thing published. So I figured to put my ego to the test and make a health challenge out of it. After all I hate to fall short on the Internet.
Day 23 was the biggest push of words I had ever done. 20,000 words. It was just the thing I needed to get over my hump of stopping at just over 50,000 words. Since this was a big accomplishment for me, I went to announce it in places I frequently visit. It was a goal I thought I could never make. However in most cases I was just shot down (some people said writing 20,000 words was the norm for them. I was also mostly ignored). Really, I wasn’t trying to brag. I wasn’t like “har har I can write 20,000 words. Suck it!” It hurt a little, to feel so insignificant. However I soon tossed aside that notion and focused on hitting my next milestone: 70,000.
On Day 25, things at work were getting hectic so I had to face the reality that 75,000 or even 70,000 words was not going to be hit this month.
Pushing through some rage, I end Day 29 at just above 73,000. The word counter I use is a bit on the conservative side so I expected NaNoWriMo’s word counter to give me a few extra hundred words…but not 3,000 words!
Then today…because of the weather whatever plans I had were canceled. It took me a while to get back home, but once I did (and I made sure to eat and hydrate myself first), I sat down and tore through scenes, trying to hit 80,000. I wanted to stop, but I always was in the habit of giving up. Not today.
It feels good to hit goals. And it’s good when you have fun doing it!
As I said some time before – in the end you have to have some fun doing this. Yes it’s a challenge and yes it’s good to win. But if you don’t look forward to coming home and writing a few scenes or a chapter for this, or you flip out because you didn’t win a word war…I don’t know, but I just feel the point of these things is to have fun making some progress on a story or trying out a new plot idea. It’s really hard to “lose” at NaNoWriMo. Just my opinion. Everyone’s free to participate in NaNoWriMo as they see fit! 😀
Speaking of goals – I managed to actually write a post every day. Admittedly some were more interesting but others but…it got me into a habit!
Anyway, that’s all I have for now. There’s still time folks, so squeeze out those last few hundred (or thousand) words!
THANKS TO ALL MY FOLLOWERS AND FRIENDS FOR THE CHEERING AND AWESOME SUPPORT!