With less than a thousand word to go to “win” the NaNoWriMo event, I figured I’d throw in an afternoon session to push myself past the milestone. I wrote one new scene that added 1,109 words–which gives me a 20-day total of 50,159 words, and which officially pushes me over the 50,000 word-mark. For the second year in a row, I am a NaNoWriMo winner. Here is a picture of the winner in his brand new NaNoWriMo winner’s t-shirt:
And here’s a closeup of the shirt:
And here is how my win looked in Scrivener:
It’s pretty exciting to win the challenge in a mere 20 days. But this is only the first step in my larger goal–which is to write a novel that is good enough to SELL. And that means the next milestone will take over as my focus: to finish the novel. I completed NaNoWriMo last year on November 25 and I ended up with 60,000 words by November 30. But I gave up after that, feeling that it was a good exercise, but what I had written wouldn’t work for a novel. This year, I’ve tried to plan things better and at the 50,000-word mark, I’m feeling very good about the story that I’m telling.
My plan going forward is to maintain the same pace that I’ve been working since I started: aiming for 2,000 words each and every day until I hit 90,000 words (or finish the novel). At my current pace I should finish up the first draft around December 10. I will continue to make my daily posts of my progress so that those who are interested can continue to follow along on this process.
All told, I wrote 3,617 words today, which is an extraordinary day for me. I’m planning to be back up early tomorrow to get in my 2,000 words. Very early for a Sunday since we’re hitting the road at 8am. But I’m taking the rest of the evening off.
Here are the revised stats for today:
Hey Jamie, Very inspiring! Congratulations, champ!
Thanks, Vern. Now I have to see if I can keep it up for another 40,000 words without the daily specter of a competition hanging over my shoulders.