That is how I’ve felt today since 4 PM. Utterly ecstatic. Why? Because NaNoWriMo is officially OVER!
Ending this month at 100,050 words and I am finished with NaNoWriMo 2011.
Remember how I said I was going to try to write at least 2k words absolutely every single day this month? Well, I did it! I’ve never written every single day for 30 days in a row before. I am quite excited.
On the NaNo site they have little word count widgets you can put on your website or forums signature or wherever you want to show off your progress. One of the widgets is a little calendar that colors in each day. If you write a lot that day it will be green or if you did bad it will turn red. From the beginning of the month, I thought it would be really cool to have every day of the calendar green, thus making me decide to write 2k every single day.
Well, here is my little calendar…
I did it. And goodness is it a relief to have that done.
I’m speaking like I did not enjoy doing NaNo. What an absurd thought. I had a blast!
*takes a moment to reflect over the crazy month*
The first few days were a little rough. I was having a much harder time getting into it than I did my first time last year. After the first week though, my story began to grow easier to write and more interesting, making me enjoy myself more. By the twelfth day I found myself hitting 50k and, as you saw, spinning merrily in the winner’s circle. The third week proved to be one of the best. My story was really into full swing and for some reason I felt this great passion and was enjoying nearly every minute I wrote. This last week was much the same, except, unlike most of the month, it was a rather calm week for some reason. Most days I wrote 3k and just really enjoyed myself. Then today, the very last day, I wrote my 2k words then felt like dancing. It was over. I made my goal, had a lovely month, and could now relax.
So, what now?
The exact same thing I’ve been doing.
It is true. I have yet to reach the end of my novel. I am getting there and hope to make it within this next month or sometime in January. I want to finish it soon and hopefully get back to editing another one. Now, though, I can just relax and not feel pressured to write every day. When someone asks me to do something with them I can finally answer with an, ”Okay!” instead of, ”But…I have to write.” Which is what I’ve been saying almost every day this month. Hurray for freedom!
Still, it has been a fantastic month and I do not regret doing it a bit. I very much look forward to a third year of another insane month of writing. That’s right, NaNoWriMo 2012, I’m looking at you.
Sleep. For NaNo allows for no such trifle as sleeping.
Favorite Writings of the Day:
Naidren laughed himself. "Nyria is probably the most impatient person in all of Aerigethel," he explained. "She once told me sitting and waiting was the most torturous method of torture in all the world."
"Torturous method of torture?" Rem looked most amused.
Nyria shuffled uncomfortably. "I'm not the best at analogies," she murmured.
I fear it is true. One day Nyria said this gem about Ferrleth the dragon:
Nyria grew serious again. "Just think about it. Ferrleth has the kindest heart of any dragon we know and yet possesses the bravery of a...dragon."
"You know, you are not the best at making analogies."
"Stop it. We are not discussing my ability to compare things."
Oh, Nyria, I do not know what I am to do with you.
Now that NaNo is over I hope to talk about more interesting things on this blog. I know reading about my NaNo updates has probably been a most torturous method of torture indeed. Hopefully my failure of a brain will work hard and come up with some interesting posts. If not, well…thinking is overrated anyways.