I Win

And Complete…


Well, not complete complete. But I did it! I won! I won NaNoWriMo! I have 50,230 words.

I can’t say that this month hasn’t been easy, but I do wonder why I’ve never won past NaNos before. I mean, this month I have been taking five online undergraduate courses as well as working 40 hours a week, being a Sunday school teacher on Sundays, babysitting on the side, having to continue on with my social life…not trying to sound cocky, but I am really impressed with myself. For once, I had an idea in my head and I actually stuck with it. I forced myself to finish what I started.

Now, the novel isn’t completed. I probably still have another 50k more words to write at the least. But at least I can nab that certificate at the end of the month.

Anyway, yesterday was Saturday and I didn’t write at all. I did homework in the morning, went food shopping, then hung out with my boyfriend for the entire day. I think I needed a break from writing so much (my left wrist is killing me) and there have been a lot of things going on work-wise that has been stressing me out (I’ll explain that one at a later date). Other than the homework that I had to get done because it was due today, I needed a “do nothing” day. But I think it helped because I was able to write so much today. I noticed I was writing less and less every day.

So Kris and I went to church this morning, went to Starbucks, and then we came home and began to write like any other Sunday. However, we both have had a craving for video games lately…she has been playing Harvest Moon and I’ve been playing Pokemon Conquest. So we decided to write for an hour, then play our games for a half hour. Then repeat. It worked because I hit 50k and Kris is now on par with the daily word count (she had skipped writing on Friday and got a little behind).

I created an outline for my novel before NaNo had started, but I didn’t finish outlining the whole novel because November had come. I find it ironic that the last sticky note (each sticky note was a scene) I posted is where I am now. So my non-finished outline brought me up to 50k. I think I got lucky on that one. No writer’s block for me! Well…at least for the NaNo portion.

I’m hoping to finish my novel before NaNo ends, but we’ll see. It seems as though it’s going to be a pretty long one…

I’m hoping everyone else hits their goal! 🙂

Today’s Word Count: 6,467
Total Word Count: 50,230
Today’s Page Count: 20
Total Page Count: 160

26 thoughts on “I Win

    • I guess you could say that it’s a competition with yourself. The whole point of NaNo is write 50,000 words of one novel in 30 days (the month of November). If you hit 50k by the end of the month, you receive a downloadable certificate and the satisfaction of writing part of a manuscript.

      You can have Writing Buddies on there, as well though. You can see how far they are in their writing and you can see who can finish first, encourage each other to keep going, etc.

      It’s a lot of fun. It’s a great way to make new writer friends and it’s definitely motivating.

  1. Nice job. First of the many that I follow to finish so far this year. I had my 10k day yesterday, so I’m at least ahead of the game… We’ll see about finishing.

    Good luck with finishing the story overall.

  2. Congratulations!! I hit a few words over 50,000 last night and I was so thrilled! I’m in no way finished with the book, but it feels great to at least have accomplished “winning” NaNo!
    You should be really proud of yourself — you have a lot going on!! Way to go!

    • Congrats to you, too! 🙂

      It does feel good to win NaNo. I’ve won Camp NaNo before during the summer, but this is my first time winning the November NaNo.

  3. Congrats! I am thinking that my story might end before I hit 50k because I am at 28k now and I am leading into the climax. In total, my word count is above 85k so ending around 100k would be good I think. Impressive that you have gotten so far!

  4. Well done, Rachel! That must feel so good to know you’ve finished. I am writing slowly and steadily and feel pleased with my progress so far but would love to have completed. I think you should relax now 🙂 Don’t rush to finish it, you need time to recover. A great achievement, so enjoy it.

      • I finished on Friday, yes and have been feeling a bit lost without it! Back to editing for me on Monday 🙂

        • Good for you! 🙂

          I haven’t written since…I’ve written some silly things, but nothing productive, lol. I think my mind is still blown from writing 50k in 17 days. In other words, it’s done writing until 2014…lol.

          • Good on you. I think we all need a break and December will be crazy enough, as always. I started writing a short story today though and it was a breeze after doing NaNo!

  5. Hey congratulations on the Win! I unfortunately lost this one but the experience was great and I’ve learnt a lot about myself as a writer through this. Happy writing!

    • I’m glad you have a positive attitude on that. As long as you wrote something and tried, that’s all that really matters. Congrats!

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