Monday, November 30, 2009

I Am A Winner!

I have participated in 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?


  1. Yay!!!! Congrats!!! I'm so proud of you! When this book is completed and published (or about to be published) I would love to read it!!! ^_^

    I've never participated in it but would love to. Maybe next year I will make an attempt. ^_^

  2. Well, it's a long way from publishable quality - in fact, I would sat that right now it's just a big steaming pile of crap. But it will improve, with many, MANY revisions :)

    I'm thinking about going the self-publishing route. The publishing market is looking pretty grim these days. Maybe I should post about that.