You can make it! The day I crossed the finish line I wrote 11k. I started at 39k and my goal was only to reach 41, but then I thought "Oh what the heck, let's make it 45, I've got time!" (It was a Saturday afternoon, so I wasn't fooling myself... much.) And then the next time I checked my words I was at 46k. And I thought, "Hey, I can reach 50k by tomorrow!" But it was only like 8 at night or some crazy early time... so I decided to write some more. And then I checked my word count again and I was at 48-something. And I thought, "Hmm. I wonder if I can break 50k tonight?" And I got stuck. I stared at my story and I wanted to cry because I didn't know what to do next.
So I went into the forums and signed up for a word war... and finished at 49,800. 200 words short. Then I *did* cry. Then I sat my but down and wrote a good 300 words because after everything I'd done that day, why the heck not? And then I screamed and scared my roommates and jumped up and down and gloated on the boards for the rest of the night.
There were a couple of other times that I wanted to stop that night, and I could not for the life of me think of a single thing that could happen next. But I found that doing word wars saved me, because I *had* to write, and it didn't matter if it was crap. If I wanted to win, the words were all that mattered. And, surprisingly enough, the word wars gave me some of my most interesting characters and my most exciting plot twists.
And obviously, judging by the length of this post, I haven't figured out yet how to cut the word count back down to something manageable. But I still have a lot of story to write, and I'm off to continue. Good luck to all who are still going--I know you can do it!
I reached the goal yesterday with 50K plus. I'm still writing, and nearing the end of the story. This was the first year I participated in NaNoWriMo, and it was an interesting experience. I learned how to shut down the internal editor and just write. Will I like the story when I go back and read it later? *shrug* Who knows. But now I know I can sit down and write a lot more than I thought I could in a given period of time. And now I can send my laptop in for the repairs it desperately needs. Poor little laptop. Posts: 97 | Registered: Aug 2005
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