I got off to a rough start, with all of the excitement of getting an offer from an agent right on day one. Then I was just never able to catch up from my slow start. Right in the middle, when I should have been at 25k on Day 15, I was only at 15K. 10k words behind! I really wasn't sure if I would actually be able to make up all the words, but I somehow did it. YAY.
As you can see, I was behind the entire time.
My first experience with NaNo, back in 2008, was a breeze. I even won several days yearly, and all of the words came so easily, even though I was totally pantsing it. But this year it was like tromping through a pool of molasses. Every word took tons of effort, and there wasn't too much that was fun about this one, if we're being honest. I sort of dreaded the time I had to sit down and work on it. But work I did, because I couldn't handle the thought of not making this deadline.
The worst thing for me is that this story has been living in my head for a year now. And the second I started writing it, it came out totally different than what I had been planning. And the more and more I wrote, the more wrong and off it got. So now that I'm done (with NaNo anyway...it's not done with the draft at all), I'm not sure what to do with it. I may let it simmer for a bit and see if I can make sense of it.
But I can tell you I'm not doing December Revision Month with it. This girl needs a little break. I'm going to do December READING Month, December Simmering Month, and December Outlining Month as I poke around with another idea I've been stewing around in the ol' noggin. We'll revisit this guy in January at the very soonest. The two of us have spent too much quality time together this past month. We need some space. We need to see other people for a bit.
Congratulations to all of the NaNoWriMo winners out there! We did it! To everyone who started but didn't finish, congratulations on having ____ new words that you didn't have on Halloween! And to those of you who haven't participated in NaNoWriMo before, you MUST join us in 2012! It's a crazy and amazing experience.