It hurt. But I managed to get 50,000 words written through the month of November. Some interesting facts about them:
- It’s actually 50,021 words long (by the NaNoWriMo.org counter) or 50,219 (as counted by Google Docs);
- The word cloud suggests I use the word ‘back’ a lot;
- Printed, it forms a pile that’s 13.15mm high (plus or minus 0.01mm).
It’s interesting to look back at how my word count progressed. Once you’re behind it’s really hard to catch up. (There’s a few days where I was internet-free, hence the enormous jump around day 15/16).
Overall, I’m happy with the finished product. I’ve learned some useful skills, and discovered quite a lot of themes I’m passionate about working their way into the text: illusion, automatons, weird Lovecraftian horror.
So right now I’m going to stick it in a drawer for a few weeks, then look at it again after I’ve focussed on things like my family and work and life in general.
I would suggest to anyone who is serious about writing to do it next year to help kick-start if you’re having trouble putting your pen to paper. For me, though, one NaNoWriMo will possibly be enough.