Gosh, the ending is so close I can taste it – literally taste it. Okay, so it might be more the copious cups of tea, and jaffas I have been consuming this month, but the end of the NaNoWriMo challenge is in sight.
As you know, if you have been following along with my updates, I finished the first book I wanted to get done in my challenge, last week. Get off my Case is at the Beta Readers and I am hoping to publish that in December. The final word count for that book was 69,777 but I will probably still have some editing to do, so I am hoping it will tip over into the 70K territory.
Getting Close to the Omega is about twenty pages away from being finished. My word tally for that, up until the end of today is 75,947. So all in all, so far I have managed to write out 124,724 words since November 1st. (Get off my Case was already at 21K when I started, in case you are wondering about my math skills :)).
Although I am really thrilled about that sort of total, I have to admit this is probably not something I will do again – at least not on this scale. I love doing the NaNo challenge, but my poor fingers won’t be able to sustain that sort of word count, every single day, for too much longer. One book yes. Two books in the month – probably not. Even as I am typing this blog post, the top joints in all of my fingers are starting to sting right in the bone. It doesn’t help that I have acrylic nails (my one concession to vanity) and the length of them cause me to type at an unnatural angle for my fingers. So mental note for next year – natural nails during the month of November.
The other thing that suffered this month is my relationship with others. Those of you who know me personally will know what I am talking about. For the rest of you let me just say that anyone who undertakes this challenge should also schedule time to spend with their significant other(s). Family, friends, children. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of NaNoWriMo, and to get inspired with what others have done, or are doing. I know I did and while I am truly proud of what I have achieved this month, I could have done things a little differently.
But that’s part of doing this challenge. It’s a learning process as well as a really rewarding one, no matter how many words you actually get on the page. So if you feel like letting me know how you’ve done feel free to leave a comment below, or email me at yoursintuitively at gmail dot com.
Have a great day 🙂