After weeks of toiling over a manuscript that eventually decided to veer so off course from its outline that it is now dead in the water, I reached the 50,000 word goal in my NaNoWriMo novel. My original goal was 75k, but the state the manuscript is in right now will not allow me to reach that by Thanksgiving.
This was the tenth year doing (and beating) NaNoWriMo. For me, NaNo isn’t particularly tough – which is why I add extra challenges to my 50k goal. One year I did 100k and two stories. My second or third year of NaNo I finished by Day 7. Once I get going with the words, it’s hard to get me to stop. And the fact that I type like the wind helps too. I was actually asked to stop participating in a typing word spree during a local NaNo meeting because I continually beat out the other participants and kept taking all of the prizes.
Don’t get me wrong, I do find NaNoWriMo challenging, but I’m usually able to hyperfocus on it and get it done fairly quickly. That being said, this year threw me for a loop. I set my goal at 75k to give myself a bit of an extra challenge, but between starting late, serious issues with the manuscript, and some family interruptions, I called it a day when I finally reached 50k on Saturday morning.
Now I get the fun task of restructuring this manuscript. See, I started writing backstory and history that I found out later didn’t match up with the backstory and history I had written in my other novels.
*sigh* Continuity is my archenemy.
Anyway, hitting 50k is still an accomplishment in its own right. So I rewarded myself with a treat.