Greetings from the..Project
As you can tell from the picture, I was successful in my quest and passed the 50k word mark last night. What a crazy month it has been! I was cruising along and did a word count check and saw that I had indeed made the goal, so I logged into NaNoWriMo and verified, woot! Thirty days of relentless scribbling and I finally made it.
When I started out I had two goals my fellow wanderers. I wanted to write fifty thousand words on a novel project and blog about it every day. I have done both. Back when I signed up at the beginning of October, I thought I may just have a chance to do it, but the goals seemed a little lofty. They still do because I am here to tell you, it has been a long hard month and it is hard to imagine I am here.
It has been a lot of fun along the way, and I appreciate all the support from everyone. I have been crazy, mad I say, during the whole month, and that is pretty much all I talked about or did. I am sure it must drive everyone crazy to hear me prattle on about this and that, less talk more write! scribble boy. I had no idea it would go for this long or I would even get to the end, but somehow, I did. But this is not the end by any means.
I learned many things during this process, first and foremost, the story is not even close to being done. Yeah you heard that right. I am thinking the first draft may go to 150k before it is done. No, seriously. I am about a third of the way there I think so I have so much more to do. That is just first draft, then there is all the other drafts and tweaks and what not, then time to shop it around, see if I can get it published. There is so much more to do, but that first step has been achieved. That step is hard, probably not the hardest, but oh so necessary. So I am not done, just getting started really.
I have never gotten this far, so I may as well go for the whole enchilada. I still don't know what I am doing or where I am going, but I am making good time. This has been an inspiration on many levels and I am going to just run with it, why not? The story still itches, it burns inside my head, wanting, needing to get out. If anything that banked fire, that smoldered for many years, is now a happy little fire. So I am going to continue on and see where this wander leads me.
So let me spell out some continuing goals. I am going to finish the first draft in two months and do a weekly update on the blog. I think that is doable. Then I will periodically update on the blog as I go further in the quest. We'll see just what I can do here, who knows where it will lead? I have no idea, but I am going to go for the ride,see what happens.
In an update on the story itself, our intrepid characters are moving along just fine. In their world, only five days have passed in the first hundred fifty pages or so. A lot has happened so far, but there is so much more to go to the end. I'll just keep following along, see where they lead, nudge em when they fall behind and just have a grand old time.
I think I will take a day off, let the fingers rest and the brain percolate, then start back at it tomorrow. I'll update the whole shebang in about a week. I am glad I did it, and thankful to the crazy folks who put the month together, they are an inspiration. It has been a good start, time to keep going.
Let's see whats out there..
The end is the beginning..
Paddy a.k.a Patrick