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It is now December 1, a bit after midnight. Another November has come and gone, and with it, my dreams of being a successful Nanowrimo winner. The goal of writing a 50,000-word novel in 30 days is still beyond my reach, but I did much, much better this year compared to my first attempt a couple years ago. In 2011, when I participated in Nanowrimo the first time, I wrote a little over 5000 words. Pathetic.
This time, I revisited that same story I began in 2011 and just started over, this time writing from a first person perspective. Genius, baby. Despite getting the flu twice in 17 days, being behind at work with all the stuff I have to do, and getting very little sleep, the words kept flowing.
I began the month on fire, but kinda slowed down by the end of week two. By then I adjusted my goal to a respectable 20,000 words. As of 11:54pm, according to my submission to the Nanowrimo.org word validation software, I amassed a whopping 30,072 words this month.
My brother DJ said he would take me to Vegas if I hit 50,000 words. With my 30,072 words, maybe he’ll drop me off at the state line.
Even though Nanowrimo is over, I’m still working on the novel. It’s a really good story, and I’m looking forward to how this thing turns out. Maybe I’ll wrap it up by New Year’s.