At approximately 5:30PM EST this evening, I crossed the 50,000-word mark on my NaNoWriMo project Lovecraft's Pupil, completing the challenge ahead of the November 30th deadline. And while that won't become official until tomorrow when I'll be able to validate my word count, it feels pretty darn good to have met my goal in a year that I was sure I did not have time to take up the challenge.
And that's perhaps the biggest lesson I'll take away from this year's NaNoWriMo. Much like Jell-O, there's always room for writing.
This month, I have gotten up at 5AM each day to write for an hour and a half before I start my regular day. This is a habit I plan on keeping long after November is over. I may not be putting out 2000 words a day, but starting my day by writing has been wonderful. Changes my whole daily outlook.
I would say I'm about eighty percent of the way through Lovecraft's Pupil, so my work in nowhere near done. And of course, there will be rewrites. But I am beyond stoked to have the sequel to the book I just released almost drafted.
I have ton of thoughts kicking around about this year's NaNoWriMo, and I hope to make a few more posts about it, but I will go out on this note: NaNoWriMo is amazing event. The sense of community alone is worth taking the challenge, and there's nothing like crossing the finish line when and seeing just how much you've accomplished.