You'll have to forgive me for posting my normal Monday blog late in the day, but I was under the gun. Now I'm sitting back and celebrating with a glass of red wine and patting myself on the back. I am proud to say that at exactly 5:03 PM EST today I passed the 50,000 word mark for NaNoWriMo (50,025 to be exact - hey, I was on a role!) This was my first ever attempt at NaNo and knowing that I'm the slowest writer alive, I wasn't sure I could do it. But I did and it is such a sense of accomplishment.
So, what did I learn from NaNo?
1) That I can sit my butt in a chair and write, write, write. Is it all golden? Heck no. I'm sure I'll be adding another 50K or so, and editing the heck out of this thing. But since I pantzed most of it (I'm usually a die hard plotter), it was quite freeing and I ended up with some nice surprises along the way.
2) I also learned thanks to Dr. Wicked's Write or Die program that I can spew out 1,000 words in under 40 minutes. Imagine if I did that 8 hours a day. Okay, so that would probably make my head explode. It practically killed me doing the last 5,100 words I needed to finish today.
3) And finally, I learned that when I finally do get published (and I will) I will not be intimidated by the thought of deadlines because now I know I have it in me to write fast and furious.
Okay. I'm done. My brain is now officially fried. I'm going to sit back and not write another word for the rest of the night. Instead, I'm just going to bask in the glow of going after a major goal and achieving it.