This is now my second time writing this since my first post just got deleted thanks to an accidental backspace. Sigh. Anyway, let’s try this again.
I won! Today is November 30, 2015, which means that NaNaWriMo has come to a close. I validated last night at 11:01 p.m. and finished with 50001 words (Yeah, that’s right. 50,001. I’m such an overachiever.)
If you check out my page on the site, it will say that I have over 63,000, because I actually just copied and pasted what I had in the manuscript document thus far since I couldn’t get the exact number to show up properly. And adding in the 4k to that manuscript, I have roughly 65,000 words to this novel. It’s completely different than I imagined it, and I already like where it’s going and know what I want to change during editing. But the thing I’ve learned most about this book is that you can’t tell a story without listening to the characters. You may start out with the intention to have a horror novel, only to find that’s only a part of the story and there’s actually a lot of romance, comedy and plenty of other things for your characters to experience and go through. Because that’s real life, isn’t it? Even the scariest moments are dispersed by humor, by love.
I want to write more here, but don’t know what to say other thank thank you to all the writers on Twitter who encouraged me and inspired me with their own dedication to their craft, and a big congratulations to anyone who has made it this far, whether you’ve got 2,000 words or 70,000. You rock and should be proud of yourself for trying!
Remember, it’s not about the destination. It’s about the journey.