‘Read a lot, write a lot, always’

 Stephen King

Today I hit the 50,000 words plus barrier at NaNoWriMo. In fact, I finished today on 52,105 words with nine days to spare. Big sighs of relief all round. This year, however, I intend to continue with my novel as I feel it needs completing. The characters  are still growing and telling me the story so I’ve settled on trying to pound out an achievable 2,000 words a day, as there is so much still to be said.

In previous years I’ve stopped once I’d finished writing in November, thinking that was my achievement done for the year. What I actually discovered was that walking away from the story allowed it to die, as I went on to other projects. Flitting about like a butterfly. I then found it impossible to get back into the story and into the heads of the protagonists and my muse left me, staring at a jumble of words. So this time I plan to keep going and to keep the characters alive. At 52,000 words I don’t feel  I am even half way towards my novel’s first draft and I have set my goal at completing that.

I don’t know what will happen but I am resolved to write something every day, and continue to build it into a completed first draft. It’s a good feeling to complete the November challenge but this year I shall keep it going.

Good luck to all others out there, still writing and heading to 50,000. I’m  with you and will continue updating my word count until the end. Keep it up you’re doing great.

3 thoughts on “Finished

  1. Well done to you Steve! You said you would be finished with the challenge this weekend and were right! It is great that this time you are going to keep going until you have finished the story whilst it is still being told to you!
    Thank you for all of the support you gave me, it was so muchh appreciated. Well done!! 🙂

  2. Congratulations! I know that even when I do reach the 50K, my novel still needs me. I too plan to work on a little bit each day, but with a careful, and more thoughtful approach. I will probably spend December reading through what I’ve written and re-working some of the plot arcs and scenes. Its current state is chaos, but hey, I’ve never gotten this far in completing a novel before, so I am using my first NaNo as a learning experience.

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