NaNoWriMo 2009 rolled to a close last night, and I was writing right up until midnight in an attempt to squeeze out a few more words. I did get a few thousand more of them put into WARMAIDEN, but the NaNoWriMo site cut me off. I went there at two minutes to midnight (there’s my shout out to Iron Maiden fans), but the site had already locked down and claimed that NaNoWriMo 2009 had ended. I couldn’t put in my final tally of 44,435 words for the month.
If you recall, I had set an original goal of 10,000 words for the month of November. I hit that on the third day of the month and was ecstatic with my accomplishment. I knew I couldn’t keep up the pace of 3,333 words per day, so I set a new goal of 25,000 words. I managed to hit that on November 17th, but I didn’t stop just because I had reached my word count. I have a book to finish!
By the time the end of the month rolled around, I had reached my end total of 44,435 and I’m extremely happy with my accomplishment. I know. I know. I didn’t reach the magical 50,000th word for the month, so I can’t claim to be an official winner of the challenge. In my eyes, I’ve accomplished a great deal.
I’m up to 60,435 words in my novel, which puts me at around 60% complete with the first draft. I know that once I pump out the remaining 40,000-ish words in the book, that the real work of editing will begin. I’ve already put chapters 4-6 in front my critique groups, but I’ll have to wait and see what they say come the end of December. I’m hoping to have the entire book in front of them by February, so I can receive the feedback at the end of March. This will allow me the first part of April to revise as quickly as I can in time to present WARMAIDEN to agents at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference.
Wish me luck! It’s a tight schedule.