Today I’ve written 910 words, bringing my final total for the month to 57088, and cheered many of the friends I’ve made through NaNo over the finish line. NaNo is never really easy, but it is incredibly rewarding.
For those of you who’ve written 50,000 words this month, well done – and I hope you enjoy your winners’ goodies. For those of you who haven’t, but have written every day, well done! You’ve formed a valuable habit and discipline, and you’ve far surpassed my first NaNo efforts (I gave up on day 6 that first year). And for those of you who’ve struggled, I urge you to look at your word count not as so many words fewer than 50k, but as so many words more than you had at the beginning of the month. Whether you had to stop early in the month, or life got in the way, or you just couldn’t keep writing 1667 words a day for some reason, every NaNo participant is a winner, officially or not – because we are writers now, in a way many of us never have been before.
Thank you to the NaNoWriMo team, to all the people I’ve met along the way and who’ve egged me on when I faltered, and to my long-suffering sister who has had to put up with me yelling word counts in answer to ‘how are you’ for the last month. Thanks to the people who’ve donated to my fundraising campaign (you still can!), and to those of you who’ve commented on this blog to encourage me and share your progress. I’ll be moving away from compulsive word-counting now, but the blog will certainly be continuing!
I’ll talk to you tomorrow, readers. Thanks for coming along with me on this NaNo journey.