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Monday, 29 November 2010

I Won!

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Yep, I won!  I completed NaNoWriMo with two days to spare.  Not bad for a first timer.

It seems an age ago that I contacted the Essex Chronicle and asked if they would be interested in a weekly blog throughout NaNo.  I was given a definite 'no', reason:  'it sounds a bit boring reading about you agonising over word counts each week'.  Mmm, can't say I've agonised over my word count once, just enjoyed the ride, as they say.  The marvel of bashing out words and not worrying about the editing process is really quite cathartic.  Usually I get waylaid by editing and what-ifs in my storyline.  This didn't matter a fig - I just get on and wrote with a few unexpected twists and turns along the way as my characters sometimes refused to do as I had asked.

And what am I left with?  Well, a very incomplete novel that needs tons of editing and rewrites.  I have a long slog ahead, that's certain.  But I am left with the coveted prize of a web badge, an enormous sense of achievement, excitement about kicking my book into shape......and tons of housework and ironing to catch up on!