Last week I 'won' NaNoWriMo by passing 50,000 words written on my manuscript. This is the fourth year I've done that and I feel great about the accomplishment. I encourage anyone who's thinking about trying NaNo to do so. You'll surprise yourself.
As you can see by the NaNo 'death bar' over there on there on the right, I'm at 57,674 words now. What that means is that I'm not done with my story. I've written the minimum amount of words but the story's not done. So that means that I've had to reset my goals in order to complete the Zero Draft of Juggy & the Duchess.
My self-imposed deadline to finish a complete version of the story is December 15th. That means I have to write about 1800 words a day to get there. That's what I set my original NaNo pace to be so I think this is realistic. Will it stop sooner than 90K or later?
That's the part I don't really know. I'm still discovering some things about my story despite all the notes I've got on it. The characters are dynamic, informing me of things that I didn't know and these things usually come out of a 'word sprint' where I tend to write a lot of dialogue. The settings are still my biggest problems as I get bogged down trying to create vivid enough descriptions so the select group that's going to read this draft of J&tD will definitely have to use their imaginations to see the world I'm trying to create and that's why I'm aiming at only 90,000 words: I'm figuring that I'll have to add a lot of descriptives in there while cutting a lot of dialogue. It should balance out in the end but that will be the completed First Draft.
This month has been the most successful I've had in terms of sheer production. The most I'd written before was somewhere in the neighborhood of 55,000 and I've got three more days to go. (In case you're wondering, all the blogging I've done this month isn't included in the word count death bars. That's all bonus for you, my loyal readers.)
So I have to keep up the pace I've set for myself for another three weeks or so. I've never had so much fun writing as I've had this month and never have I had such a clear vision of what the story was from beginning to end. I'm winning not just for having written all these words on a deadline, I'm winning for having reached another plateau in my quest to be a storyteller.
Damn, it's good be a writer.