I did it! I wrote a novel in a month

NaNoWriMo 2007 winner
What a crazy month it’s been. Computer gaming has fallen by the wayside as the largest chunk of my free time has been poured into the novel I’ve been working on for National Novel Writing Month. But I did it! I just finished, and a day early to boot! Check out my erratic rate of progress in this graph. Notice all the catching up I had to do in the end.

NaNoWriMo graph over time

My novel isn’t actually done though. It’s probably going to end up being at least 60,000 words long when all is said and done. But no matter. I’ve won NaNoWriMo by writing 50,000 words in under a month. Now I can finish the rest of it off (including that desperately needed editing) at a more leisurely pace.

So what have I learned? That I can do it. That’s really the biggest reward. Once you’ve written a novel in a month, well, suddenly there are lots of other things you realize are within your grasp. Like writing a good novel. I’m not going to pretend that the novel I’ve written is good. It was written in a month, at breakneck speed. There are large plot holes and inconsistencies owing to me making things up as I went along. But I finished, dammit, and that’s worth something. Writing a novel period is the hardest step. Going from that to writing a novel is a much easier step.

I’ll write some more about my novel in the coming days, what it’s about and all that good stuff. Maybe, if I’m feeling especially brave, I’ll post it for all the world to see when I’m done writing it. But for now, just allow me to bask in the glory of having completed it. I definitely need a bit of time to decompress. I’m very glad I did it, but it does take a good bit out of you.

6 Responses to “I did it! I wrote a novel in a month”

  1. Jens 'Spacejens' Rydholm Says:

    Congratulations !

    When I read your latest post on this topic, I was actually pretty sure that you would fail. Well done !

  2. Cyde Weys Says:

    Oh, geez, well that’s not nice …

  3. Jens 'Spacejens' Rydholm Says:

    Sorry, I did not mean to be rude. What I meant was that when I end up in that kind of deadline stress for a hobby project, I almost always fail. This is why I thought you would fail. Apparently, you are more disciplined :-)

  4. Cyde Weys Says:

    Nah, I know what you meant. It’s all good. I guess most people wouldn’t expect one to be able to complete this. And heck, I did try and fail the last two years. But now that I’m out of college, my free time is actually my free time, and thus I was able to succeed.

  5. Jen Says:

    I wonder. . .how many people, having participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time, then went on to get their amateur radio licenses within six months?

    Now I know that there are two of us. Interesting.

  6. Cyde Weys Says:

    Well, technically, this wasn’t my first time participating in it, just my first time completing it. Still, though, I wonder what the overlap between NaNoWriMo and ham radio is. Do you think writing is positively or negatively correlated with ham radio? I wouldn’t want to guess.