National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) several times over the past few years, but this is the first time I can say ...
I am a NaNoWriMo WINNER!
Despite the fact that I work full-time and attend graduate school part-time, I have successfully written 50,000+ words in 30 days.
The exhilaration of finally completing NaNoWriMo is more than I expected. I didn't think I would be so excited, so elated, so self-satisfied with my success. And this is really quite a big accomplishment. While it is most certainly not the best thing that I have written, it is by far the longest piece that I have ever written. For a long time - several years, really - I doubted whether I possessed the stamina to write a novel-length piece. Thanks to NaNoWriMo 2009, I have proven to myself that I can. While I still have quite a few more words to write before the story is complete, I am now confident that I can complete it, and even though I know that it's not my best work, after I write those last few chapters I know that I will have a complete rough draft to work from - and you can never have a great final version without a (crappy) rough draft as your starting point.
Have you ever attempted NaNoWriMo? How did you do?