Or is it?!
No, it is. It is December 1st right now, which means NaNo 2011 is over. Perhaps you hit 50,000 words or more than that or even less. But wherever you might have ended up on your personal count, congratulations! Carving out time for an undertaking like NaNo is a challenge in and of its self. Getting an actual novel out of it is yet another one.
Myself, I won for the second time, crossing the finish line at 50 and change a couple of hours before Wednesday evening’s deadline. I consider that a huge improvement over last year, when I pulled up several hundred words short during site verification and somehow pulled 500 words out of the ether in the last 15 minutes. Seriously, 500 words in 15 minutes. I don’t even think they were the worst 500 words I wrote that year.
Despite hitting the NaNo mark, I didn’t complete my personal goal of writing every day. Like everyone else in the world, my life is a whirlwind of obligations. I quickly found that there were two days each week where I just couldn’t carve time out to write at all, and the temptation to let that inertia stand sometimes dragged into a third or fourth day. So I have that to work on. As well as the hot mess of my novel, which I remain pretty happy with in theory and I’ll probably cringe over extensively when I sit down to start revisions. But that’s what December is for, right?
So on this, the last day of our NaNoing together, I want to congratulate everyone who has been participating in the challenge this year ““ Liza, QoB, Freckle, Amanda, Doormouse, Deuteragonist, Meghan, xfafafabulous, MJ, Lauren, sequined, Annie, Lisa, Miss Worded, Michelle, and Kitty, as well as anyone else who I missed (with my apologies, of course).
As always, I want to hear from everyone else. How did the NaNo experience end up for you?
Bonus Tracks: Actual, tangible novels that began life as a NaNoWriMo project.
Ok, what I really wanted to do here was somehow rig up one of those reflective Time Magazine covers, you know, where the Person of the Year is YOU! Except, it would be, like, the book cover that hasn’t been designed yet for the NaNo you might hope to get published. But that doesn’t work over the Internet, for many obvious reasons. So I’ll leave these last three novels here, along with my best wishes for all you aspiring writers.