Wow, it's over! I'm breathing a huge sigh of relief right now, even though NaNoWriMo officially came to a close two days ago. The last week of NaNo was... not fun. It was the exact opposite of fun, actually. I started out the week with the flu which lasted for three days and I got zero writing done in that time. So, come Thursday (November 28th by the way... only 3 days away from the finish line) I was 13,000 words away from 50,000. A seemingly insurmountable amount to me in my exhausted state.
But... I pressed on. Thursday I wrote 4,000 words. Friday I pushed myself and managed to get in another 4,000 words. Leaving me only 5,000 words away from the coveted 50,000. But... Saturday was the last day. And Saturdays have been my worst writing days all month. November 30th was just as busy with family pictures scheduled, kids to wrangle, farm chores and repairs to do....
I did it though. I opened my manuscript at 5PM, despite having family still hanging out after pictures, and started writing. They all knew I had this goal to meet, and with only 5,000 words (yeah, only *rolls eyes*) I couldn't give up at this point.
At 10PM I wrote down those final few words and validated my manuscript in at 50,023 words!
Cue the fireworks, cheers, happy dances.... Oh, it's just me who's that excited? lol.
This November was easily the hardest NaNoWriMo I've done yet but it is also probably the one I am the most proud of myself for. Because on November 28th I was so close to giving up. I looked at my sad, depressing word count that had fallen so far behind the goal and I felt defeated. But I didn't give up and even if I hadn't quite made 50,000 by midnight, I would have still been pretty proud of myself because this month was a lot of roadblocks and I managed to get through them all, sometimes crawling along, but I did.
So congratulations to all of you who reached that 50,000 word finish line. And for those of you who didn't, give yourself a pat on the back. You took on a huge challenge and you did great. You probably wrote more in one month than you expected you could. I know I did.