Wow. What a month. Thanks to everyone for cheering me on, for letting me cheer you on, for being the best writing community ever. It has been such a blast, and I'm excited to say that I have won NaNoWriMo! I still have 6,000ish words left in the story, but I made it to 50,000.
This was my first time participating in NaNoWriMo, and my third novel. I have a learned a lot about myself this month. First thing: word count goals are very good for me. Second thing: having other people writing when I'm writing keeps me accountable.
Here's the thing--my first drafts are skeletons. Never, ever, will anyone see this draft. You've seen snippets, sure. But those are the very best parts, and even they can use some work. But, I'm very excited about this story. Once it's finished and I've had several glasses of wine, I plan to sit down, read it, and get to work on revisions--possibly rewriting.
The good news? My story has bones. Some of them are awkward or underdeveloped. Some of them are too big for the rest of the body, but it's a whole skeleton all the same. This story has potential. Even if it didn't, I don't think it would have been a wasted month. Practicing writing is the only way we can grow. And I think 50,000 words are a great way to do that.
To celebrate finishing NaNo last night, I started planning the specifics of my Disney/Universal trip. I'm far too excited. If you don't hear from me next week, it's because I'm too busy vacationing! But I'll be tweeting pictures, I promise.
Have a great weekend!