I did it! I reached 50k words, and a few days early too. While my manuscript seems quite the mess right now and will undoubtedly need several revisions, I feel a great sense of accomplishment. I got the words down and I reached my goal.
I am grateful for all the people I met along the way, as I met many new friends. I am also thankful for the support I received from my family and friends, and from other writers, especially the Platform Challenged facebook group – thank you all! I could not have done it without you.
I am so glad that I decided to make the commitment this year to complete NaNoWriMo. In previous years, I had toyed with the idea, but never made the commitment, so very few words ever got written. It was grueling at times, making sure I got in my time with the computer, but it helped me build a habit of consistently writing every day, even if it was just a few words. Overall, I think it has enriched my writing life. I gained new writer friends, set a habit of writing every day, and now have another novel to ready for publishing!
If you didn’t participate this year, I highly recommend you try it next year. You won’t regret it. If you did participate, feel free to share about your experience in the comments.