Hurrah, I completed my 50,000 word ‘novel’ at 8.45pm tonight and am therefore a ‘winner’ of NaNoWriMo!
“What do you win?” I hear you cry. Well, … er, nothing, actually, except the satisfaction of having ‘done it’ . Oh, and a nice certificate that I’ve downloaded from the site. And the lovely people at the NaNoWriMo ‘HQ’ gave me a big ‘Congratulations!’ (which always sounds better in an American accent) and a round of applause when I pressed on their video.
It’s a relief to have finished. Some people (bless ‘em) have already asked me if I’m ‘happy with the ending?’ and if they’re going to see the final novel soon! (The answers to which are ‘kind of’ and ‘no’).
I feel like I’ve just emerged from a mine clutching a huge rock that I’ve hewn out of the earth. It’s a big lumpy mess, covered in dirt but when I look closely, I can see some gems in there, glittering away. But it’s going to take a lot more work (and several more drafts) to get them out and polish them up before I can let anyone see them.
Writing a novel is hard work. I salute anyone who can do it.
There’s an interesting article on Nick Daw’s blog, (written by Jeff Phelps), on ‘Through The First Draft Desert’. I read it today when I still had 5000 words to go and found it inspiring. It’s great to know the feelings you have during that first draft (eg: ‘this is rubbish’!) are quite normal.