I am super excited to share that I finished my novel today. The official word count is 50,597 according to the NaNoWriMo site (50,682 according to Scrivener, but both are over 50,000 so I’m good with that).
I’m also very excited that the story was finished with the 50,000 word mark. Not bad for mostly winging this thing.
My main goal for NaNoWriMo 2015 was to just try it. Start something. Just getting something on paper, so to speak, was a huge success for me. Hitting the 50,000 word mark was secondary, but still a goal I really, really wanted to reach.
My last goal was to write something that I liked. I knew it would be a crappy first draft, because that is what first drafts are. And it is crappy. I already have a list of things I want to change. But I enjoy the story a lot. I am actually looking forward to reading through it again when I go to make revisions. And there is all sorts of little things in it that I find highly amusing. They might not make the final cut, because I might be the only one who likes them. There are several references to Supernatural and I think most if not all of those will make the final cut. There are some Doctor Who references as well. Those make sense, too, so they might stay. Perhaps I should throw in more Sherlock references and go for the SuperWhoLock trifecta. It will be fun to see what makes the cut.
After a wildly successful NaNoWriMo, my plan now is to take a break. While it is a noble goal to write for 30 days straight, I think it is not for me right now. I’m going to set aside the story and revisit it in a few weeks. I plan to go through the revision process and maybe try to publish it. Because there is really no reason to not try, right?
Again, congratulations to my fellow NaNoWriMo winners. We did it! For everyone who is close, you can do it, too!