I finished that "50,000 words writing challenge" thing a couple days ago!
First though - I'm not calling it NaNoWriMo anymore for a reason. Some serious allegations against that organization have been circulating in the past week or so and I'd rather not be promoting them anymore. At least not until after they actually tell us what happened, address their problems, and fix their issues. Maybe then. We'll see.
Moving on from that... I hit 50,000 words on the 20th and am very proud of myself! That works out to 2,500 words a day for the 20 days that it ended up taking and almost all of that was accomplished through "writing sprints" that some friends of mine were running throughout the month. (Hi, friends!!!)
I am thrilled to have hit that 50k mark... but I'm also feeling kind of smooshed under the new pressure of what to do with my story. I still have a couple of chapters left to tie together the ending, so I'll do that next. I should probably let it sit for a few days after that and then jump into a complete reread and start tagging all the plot holes and inconsistencies.
This first draft is also the first thing I've written without heavily editing as I go, and I am a little terrified to inspect it too closely. Currently, I really like it! That makes me extra nervous to take a magnifying glass to it (or just to look at it as a whole unit at all), but I know that I'll have to do that eventually. I also suspect that I wrote a little too much of myself and my life into the story and I should probably fix that. Oh, and I kind of hate one of the side characters so they might be getting the axe. And then there is the whole "what age group did I aim this at, and does it still work for that?" thing...
What else? Oooof. Right. I let my Vocal+ membership lapse in order to keep from tempting myself with writing for the challenges instead of towards my project during November. Let me tell you, I MISS QUICK EDIT so much. That feature alone might be enough to make me renew my annual PLUS membership! Please excuse any typos as it is now a whole ordeal in order to fix them.
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